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April 11, 2014
Police, emergency personnel were called to players' hotel suite

The woman at the center of an ongoing police investigation involving Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players was taken from the players' hotel suite to the hospital by Miami Fire Rescue personnel, who were summoned to the suite by police. Multiple sources said it was one of the players who placed calls -- two of them -- to police.

"At 12:32 (a.m.), Miami Fire Rescue was dispatched to the Viceroy (hotel) and transported a 25-year-old female from the Viceroy to the Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room," Miami Fire Lt. Ignatius Carroll told The Miami Herald. Carroll later told The Bee that the Miami Police Department summoned emergency responders to the hotel.

Kaepernick, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette are named in the incident report involving a 25-year-old, unnamed woman who claims to have blacked out and woken up in a hospital room after drinking with the men. Earlier today Kaepernick took to Twitter to say that media reports, specifically the original report by TMZ, linking him to sexual assault are "completely wrong" and that "sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up."

Kaepernick's agency, XAM Sports, also released a statement: "We stand by Colin 100% and are fully confident that the truth will be evident once the facts come to light regarding this matter."

Miami police are examining evidence and waiting on toxicology reports in the case, according to The Herald.

"We have to examine evidence and wait for some tests to come back, including toxicology reports," Police Chief Manuel Orosa told the newspaper on Friday. "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.

The police department would not answer questions relating to the case, such as why the woman was admitted to a hospital and how she was transported there. 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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