Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston now says San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did use the “N-word” against him to receive a 15-yard penalty for “inappropriate language” in a game two Sundays ago.
After the game against the 49ers two weeks ago, Houston said he did not hear anything. But after he got flagged for his own “inappropriate language” penalty (Houston insisted the referee thought he was cursing when he said “back off.”) in Chicago’s win over the Jets on Monday night, he was asked about the Fox Sports report about Kaepernick’s alleged use of the slur.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Houston said that Kaepernick “was just saying inappropriate language” and “said Kaepernick cursed at him, including using the N-word.”
When the paper “asked if he was insulted, Houston said it’s more a ‘cultural thing.'” He also “reiterated that he incensed Kaepernick on the play by saying ‘nice pass’ at the end of a Kyle Fuller interception.” In the offseason, the NFL competition committee reportedly urged officials to crack down on racial or homophobic slurs by using existing rules.
KPIX San Francisco has footage of the incident in question, which shows Kaepernick mouthing something at Houston.
Side judge Laird Hayes said after the game that “it was the right call” because Kaepernick, who denied saying anything insensitive, “knows what he said.”
Kaepernick was flagged 15 yards and fined $11,025. He has continued to deny that he said anything “racially derogative.”
Kaepernick says “I didn’t say anything racially derogative” to Lamarr Houston last week against Bears contrary to today’s Fox Sports report.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) September 21, 2014