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article image49ers QB Kaepernick says Miami incident never happened

By Nathan Salant     Apr 11, 2014 in Sports
Miami - Star San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Friday that reports linking him with a suspicious incident at a Miami apartment were "completely untrue."
Star San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Friday that reports linking him with a suspicious incident at a Miami apartment were "completely untrue."
Kaepernick, who has become a national sensation after leading his National Football League team to the Super Bowl and the conference championship game in his first two seasons as a professional, spoke out Friday in response to media reports that he was being investigated by Miami police for sexual assault.
The reports alleged that Kaepernick was present in a friend's Miami apartment when drugs were used and a woman had to be hospitalized, first appeared on celebrity gossip site TMZ, according to CBS Sports.
"The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I’ve seen are completely wrong," Kaepernick said Friday on Twitter.
"They make things up about me that never happened," he said.
Miami police acknowledged Friday that no charges had been filed in connection with the incident, but said it was still being investigated.
According to CBS, an unidentified woman reported to police that she woke up in a hospital after drinking and smoking marijuana with Kaepernick, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette in Lockette's Miami apartment.
Lockette played for the 49ers in 2012, CBS said, and Kaepernick often goes to Miami to work out in the off-season.
The woman who contacted the police reported that she had no memory of how she wound up in the hospital, CBS said.
In his Twitter posts, Kaepernick also thanked fans who were supporting him.
"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," Kaepernick said on the site.
"I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments," he said.
"I assure you that your faith is not misplaced."
A statement from the 49ers team on Friday also said it was looking into the incident.
"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts," the team's statement said.
Kaepernick's agent, XAM Sports, issued a separate statement supporting the quarterback's version of events.
"We stand by Colin 100 percent and are fully confident that the truth will be evident once the facts come to light regarding this matter," the XAM statement said.
A Miami Police Department spokesman told the San Jose Mercury-News newspaper that TMZ had taken a police report about the incident "out of context," CBS said.
"There's no evidence of a crime or a sexual assault," the police spokesman said.
"The report is simply an incident report taken at the woman's request -- there are no specific allegations of wrongdoing."
Kaepernick is signed to play for the 49ers only through this season but is said to be in negotiations for a multiyear contract that could pay him as much as $20 million a season.
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