A day after he was linked to a police investigation in Miami, Colin Kaepernick today tweeted that the stories written about him were "completely wrong." To followers that have written him messages of encouragement, the 49ers quarterback wrote, "I assure you your faith is not misplaced."
Kaepernick, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette - a close friend of Kaepernick's and a former 49ers receiver - are named in an incident report involving a woman who claims to have blacked out at their hotel suite April 1 and woken up in a hospital. No charges have been filed in the case and it's unclear whether any crimes have been committed.
Kaepernick's agent, Scott Smith of XAM Sports, also released a statement today: "We stand by Colin 100% and are fully confident that the truth will be evident once the facts come to light regarding this matter. Thank you for supporting Colin."
The first media outlet to write about the case, TMZ, said that Kaepernick was being investigated for possible sexual assault. The Miami Police Department has tried to distance itself from that report, however. A police spokeswoman on Thursday said it was incorrect.
Wrote Kaepernick in a three-part tweet:
(1/3) The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 11, 2014
(2/3) 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.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 11, 2014
(3/3) I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 11, 2014
One thing to keep in mind: The incident report released by police on Thursday contains only the woman's version of events. Her name has been redacted to protect her identity. Police have refused to provide further details from the night of April 1, including why the woman was in the hospital and how she got there. The police will not release that information, they said, because it's part of an ongoing investigation.
-- Matt Barrows