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What To Make of Colin Kaepernick’s Response to Sexual Assault Allegations


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick responded to critics via Twitter on Friday with a series of tweets in which he thanked reporters and denied the TMZ charges.

As Twitter followers of Niner Noise may know, I have been supportive of Kaepernick–not necessarily for finding himself on an incident report, but rather for seemingly intentionally avoiding taking advantage of an obviously-intoxicated female. As for how she found her way to the hospital, well, it seems far more likely to me that Kaepernick or Patton or Lockette obtained the services of someone to bring her there to avoid the embarrassment and media attention bringing her there themselves would garner. Some lack of communication could then explain why she filed an incident report with the police. This is all pure conjecture, but it seems to make a lot more sense than a sexual assault considering that, a) the police have denied that the investigation is about a sexual assault, b) the police have said there is no evidence to support a sexual assault, c) the woman has not pressed charges and neither has anyone else, d) the woman explicitly says that she and Kaepernick did not have sex, and e) TMZ has a history of exaggerating stories.

True, the marijuana allegation is a bit disturbing no matter your personal stance on the substance, since the NFL bans it among players, but Kaepernick would definitely not be alone in using it. This is no Ben Roethlisberger incident, but rather what appears to be, at this point, a simple misunderstanding that TMZ blew out of proportion.

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  • Chip Gower

    What to make of CK’s remarks? They seem pretty straightforward to me. “I didn’t do it.” What else can he say? And the guy smokes weed? Oh, the horror!
    Nothing to see here, folks.