San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the subject of a "suspicious incident" investigation starting in April, but it has been determined that the star signal-caller didn't participate in any wrongdoing.
According to Curt Anderson of The Associated Press, Kaepernick will not be charged for the incident in question:
Miami-Dade prosecutors NOT bringing charges against 49ers' Kaepernick, 2 other players in hotel incident involving woman. Story upcoming.— Curt Anderson (@Miamicurt) June 12, 2014
Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the situation never developed into anything more than an investigation:
Miami-Dade PO Ed Griffith makes clear to me on Kaep & others: “The case was not dropped. There was never a case. It was an investigation.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 12, 2014
Ultimately, there was no evidence to suggest that the accusations against Kaepernick were accurate:
Miami-Dade PO Ed Griffith: “The essence is, there was no indication of a sexual assault, so nothing was filed.” And that’s that.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 12, 2014
Kaepernick also addressed the news via his Twitter account:
As I said from day one, I would never do the things that were made up about me. I'm glad this issue is resolved. It's time for football.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 12, 2014
TMZ first reported on the incident, which prompted a woman to claim that Kaepernick had sexually assaulted her at the Viceroy Hotel in Miami.
Kaepernick was adamant that nothing of the sort happened and asserted on Twitter that he was 100 percent innocent in the wake of the report being released:
(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
Now that this entire situation is in the past, Kap and the 49ers can focus on the upcoming season. The team has reached the NFC Championship Game in three consecutive seasons and made it to the Super Bowl two years ago, but they have been unable to close the deal.
If the Niners are to finally get over the hump in 2014, then Kaepernick will play a huge role. The 49ers organization obviously has a great deal of confidence in his ability, as Kaepernick recently inked a contract extension that will keep him in San Francisco through the 2020 NFL season, per 49ers.com.
Among those who are excited about Kaepernick's development into a franchise quarterback is 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.
"Colin's hard work and dedication have played an integral role in the recent success of the 49ers organization," Baalke said. "His work ethic, leadership and on-field production have positively influenced our team, and we look forward to his continued growth in all areas."
Even if Kaepernick knew he was innocent all along, the fact that this can now be put behind him before the 2014 season officially begins has to be a huge relief; he can now solely focus on football. The team continues to add weapons around him, such as newly acquired receiver Stevie Johnson, so there's much excitement surrounding the upcoming season.
Kaepernick has all the tools necessary to be an elite NFL quarterback, and the fact that the 49ers believe in him and his character should go a long way.
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