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April 11, 2014
Kaepernick denies wrongdoing; details start to emerge in Miami investigation


This is the unedited version of the story set to appear in Saturday's Bee.

A day after he was linked to a police investigation in Miami, Colin Kaepernick on Friday tweeted that media reports linking him to sexual assault are "completely wrong" and that "sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up."

The last quote referred to the unnamed woman at the center of the investigation who told police she blacked out after a night of drinking with Kaepernick, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and ended up in a hospital room the next day.

It turns out that Miami Fire Rescue personnel transported the 25-year-old woman from the players' suite at the Viceroy hotel to a downtown Miami hospital. Lt. Ignatius Carroll said emergency responders were dispatched at 12:32 a.m on April 2 and that they were summoned by police, who were already at the hotel suite.

Sources familiar with the incident said it was one of the players who placed the original calls - two of them - to hotel security or the police. When police arrived they became concerned with the woman's frame of mind, and they called Miami Fire Rescue, which handles EMT service in that city.

The police investigation began April 3 when the woman arrived at the Miami Police Department at 9:40 p.m. She told police that approximately 48 hours earlier she arrived at a suite at the upscale Viceroy hotel, made drinks for the players and that they told her in order to drink with them "she had to 'hit' the bong, which contained marijuana."

According to the incident report, the woman began to feel "light headed while they were watching a basketball game" and that she went to a bedroom to lie down. She said she was followed by Kaepernick, 26. They never had sex, the woman told police. Kaepernick left the room and the report says that Patton, 23, and Lockette, 27, peeked inside the bedroom and that the woman yelled, "What are you doing? Where is Colin? Get out!"

On Friday morning, Kaepernick tweeted, "I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up." He continued, "I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced."

Meanwhile, Miami police are examining evidence and waiting on toxicology reports in the case, The Miami Herald reported on Friday. "We have to examine evidence and wait for some tests to come back, including toxicology reports," Police Chief Manuel Orosa told the newspaper. "We can present it to the state attorney and they can decide whether to continue." Orosa added: "It's too early to determine what the evidence indicates."

The case is being handled by the Miami Police Department's Special Victims Unit, which investigates sexual battery and other serious crimes. Citing sources, the Herald reported that the unidentified woman underwent a rape test but that the results are not public. Kaepernick, Patton and Lockette have not been interviewed by police and no charges have been filed.

The police department would not answer questions relating to the case, including what prompted the players to call the police. Police have said the only item they are authorized to release is the incident report.

-- Matt 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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