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April 25, 2014
Harbaugh on Kaepernick: 'The only victim is Colin's reputation'

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Jim Harbaugh today said he's heard Colin Kaepernick's version of what happened in Miami earlier this month and that he's confident the ongoing case there will have a good resolution for the 49ers' quarterback. "The only victim in Colin's case is Colin's reputation," he said.

Harbaugh noted that until this point, the only side of the story that has made its way into the media is that of the 25-year-old woman who told police April 3 that she blacked out and wound up in a hospital after a night of drinking with Kaepernick, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette. The case has been handled by the Miami Police Department's special victims unit, which handles sex crimes.

No charges have been filed and the three players involved have not been interviewed. Police have since said that Lockette twice called police early on April 2 to try to get the woman in question out of their hotel suite.

The police told The Bee and The Miami Herald last week that Kaepernick was not at the suite when police arrived following those calls. According to a source, Kaepernick was on hand earlier in the evening but left shortly after the woman arrived. Police are reviewing hotel video to see when Kaepernick left. Police had said they planned to release two 911 calls -- one from Lockette and one from hotel security -- but they have not done so this week.

Said Harbaugh: "Remember this, there's sometimes two sides to the story and I often see the one side that's reported in the media and it gains speed and attention. The other side still remains to be told. Looking at the Colin Kaepernick situation, at some point there needs to be a resolution to some of this jump-the-gun, witch-hunt scenario that we're seeing."

He included a quote from his favorite historical figure, Winston Churchill: "A lie will get halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put on its pants."*

* The quote, "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes," usually is attributed to humorist and novelist Mark Twain.

Related stories:

Miami police don't believe Kaepernick was in hotel suite at time of 911 calls


Kaepernick says reports are 'completely wrong'



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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