The Ex Strikes Back. Perhaps this should be the title of the incident involving Colin Kaepernick, the superstar quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. The story of April 1st, as broken by TMZ, is old news by now: An ex-girlfriend came into Kaepernick’s apartment, she blacked out and woke up in the hospital, Kaepernick was listed as a suspect in a document released by the same department that investigates sex crimes, Kaepernick’s new contract is on hold. The more evidence that appears, however, the more this does not seem to be the case.
Take the first shoe to drop: that the spokesman for the Miami PD specifically refuted the reports of Kaepernick being investigated for perpetrating a crime. Then along came the information that it was just a report taken at the request of the woman, and not anything to be too concerned about at that point. More information came, and we found out that Ricardo Lockette, a good friend of Kaepernick’s and Quinton Patton, who is now on the Seahawks, called 911 to get rid of a naked woman in his friend’s bed. The latest from Matt Barrows and Charles Rabin is not doing any favors for the girl in this scenario.
Apparently Lockette called 911 not once, but twice from his cell phone. From the Sacramento Bee:
Police also are expected to release two 911 tapes on Monday. One tape, police say, is of a male voice asking for help to remove a woman from the hotel room who he claims refused to leave until “the player she came to see returns.”
Finally, there is even question as to whether or not Kaepernick was at the apartment that night. Could it be that an ex-girlfriend wanted to get back together? Did she want to strike back?
Now, I am not accusing this woman of anything. All I know is that I do not know much, but I also know that Kaepernick has had to deal with a lot of extremely quick and unfounded judgment thanks to this situation. Furthermore, it seems more and more the case that Kaepernick’s version of events is accurate and this woman’s is, well, not.
Sexual assault cases should, of course, be taken with all due respect and caution and empowerment for the assaulted. Though we will not know for sure if sexual assault occurred until the toxicology and rape test reports come back, it is seeming quite far-fetched that Kaepernick would be a guilty party in any of them.
Perhaps this whole thing is a misunderstanding–which is, I dearly hope, the case. It seems fair to say, however, that Kaepernick has been judged far too quickly and it is time to back off. More evidence, I am almost positive, will continue to clear his name.