A month after his name surfaced in a Miami police investigation, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently talked about how the incident has changed him.
Kaepernick addressed the situation while speaking at the Turlock Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Friday, according to The Modesto Bee's Ron Agostini.
"It’s been put out that I did something wrong. Even though it’s a bad circumstance, a bad situation, I feel like ultimately I’ve been blessed because it’s changed my way of thinking. It’s made me stronger...It’s made me look at things differently."
Kaepernick added: "It makes me very happy to know that people are staying behind me the way they have."
The police investigation was launched after an unnamed 25-year-old woman filed a report last month that said she partied with Kaepernick and two others (teammate Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette) at his apartment April 1 before waking up in a hospital the next day.
According to Agostini, Miami police have yet to announce whether a crime was actually committed, and Kaepernick has not been charged with anything.
After Kaepernick's name was mentioned in the investigation, the 49ers quarterback took to Twitter to deny any wrongdoing (h/t Sporting News' Chris Littmann).
On April 25, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh defended his quarterback following a workout for local draft prospects, per ESPN.com's Bill Williamson:
At some point there needs to be a resolution to this scenario. The only victim in Colin's case is Colin's reputation.
Looking at Colin Kaepernick's situation, at some point there needs to be a resolution to some of this jump-the-gun, witch-hunt scenario we're seeing. I've seen one side reported. I've heard the other side and feel very good there'll be a good resolution, and hopefully a just one, too. I hate to see his reputation be the victim.
Winston Churchill had a great quote: 'A lie will get halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put on its pants.'
With San Francisco's offseason program beginning April 21 and training camp on the horizon, compartmentalization will be key for Kaepernick in order for him to maintain his focus on the field, where the 49ers need him to be at his best heading into his second full season as the starter.
Having played for the NFC title in each of the past three seasons, San Francisco projects to be a contender again in 2014, but without a clear-headed Kaepernick under center, the 49ers could be in trouble.
It remains to be seen what will ultimately come of the Miami police investigation, but it's clear that Kaepernick has learned from whatever took place and is doing his best to salvage his reputation.
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