49ers Put Kaepernick Contract Talks on Hold After 'Suspicious Incident' Report
Reports that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for an incident that may have been sexual in nature may cost the star quarterback a huge payday.
According to NFL.com, the 49ers have put a hold on contract negotiations until the matter is resolved.
Kaepernick is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract, which means, per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, he is eligible to renegotiate his deal. His initial asking price was reportedly in the neighborhood of $20 million a year. According to the Miami Police Department's "incident report," Kaepernick
The Sacramento Bee reported that the "Miami police are investigating what they termed a 'suspicious incident' in Miami involving 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, who once played for the 49ers and is a close friend of Kaepernick's":
According to the report, the incident occurred April 1 when a woman went to Lockette's apartment in Miami at 9 p.m. Kaepernick and Patton were there, and the woman made drinks and served shots to the players. She was also told "to drink the shots she had to 'hit' the bong which contained marijuana," the report said.
The report continues to say that the woman felt light headed and went to a bedroom where she was later joined by Kaepernick, 26, with whom she had a sexual relationship in the past. Kaepernick then left the bedroom. The two did not have sex, she said in the report. The report says that Patton, 23, and Lockette, 27, peeked inside the bedroom and that the woman yelled at them to get out.
According to the report, the woman does not remember anything about the night after that. She woke up in a hospital bed the following morning not knowing how she got there. The woman, whose name is redacted, reported the incident to police on April 3.
Kaepernick Tweeted that some of the charges being made by TMZ and other outlets involving an alleged sexual assault "never happened":
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. 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. I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced.Kaepernick was a second-round draft pick out of Nevada and signed a standard four-year deal worth $5.1 million. He is scheduled to make $973,766 this year but will make considerably more once negotiations pick back up if he is cleared of wrongdoing.