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article imageOp-Ed: Colin Kaepernick name sullied in media — yet no charges, no crime

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 18, 2014 in Sports
Sure we don't want to have our athletes, any males, mistreating women. That's a given and we have to as a society get that message out there and come down hard on men who do. But Colin Kaepernick is under the spotlight for doing - nothing.
Mr. Kaepernick may have been 'involved' in an incident in Miami way back on April 1. The details are not out fully but those that are out are not damning of the star QB and to date he hasn't been charged with anything. Despite that, he must suffer by having the contract talks for his extension put on hold.
Even in TMZs initial story there didn't appear to be a crime committed, though their headline reads: 'Colin Kaepernick investigated for Sexual Assault.' The police only called the incident "suspicious" but didn't say Kaepernick was being investigated at all.
Colin Kaepernick: no charges, no assault
Here are details, how true they are we can't lock down: a woman says she was partying in the Miami hotel apartment of Ricardo Lockette, a wide receiver for the Super Bowl champ Seattle Seahawks, along with Kaepernick and his 49er teammate, Quinton Patton. There were drinks, perhaps marijuana. One of the more salient things known is that Lockette twice called 911 because the woman had been asked to leave and would not.
Lockette called 911 at 12:03 a.m. and 12:20 a.m. and Miami Fire Rescue attended at 12:32. The woman was taken to hospital but there's no report of anything being wrong with her other than intoxication. Where's the crime? She said she got naked but she herself revealed she willingly did so. She said Kaepernick, who she claims to have had sex with previously, was in a bedroom with her but left the bedroom once she became naked. There was no sex, the woman said, though she claims they kissed.
No one, despite more than two weeks passing, has been charged and no one, including the woman, is saying she was sexually assaulted. She drank, smoked pot (maybe), willingly got naked, this by her own report, and the man who she claims was with her excused himself and left the room. There are further reports that when police attended she continued to refuse to leave the apartment.
NFL players under spotlight
To go from that to the star quarterback being investigated for sexual assault is a huge leap. NFL players, and other athletes, are under the spotlight, but often they are in the news for the wrong reasons - meaning when they did nothing wrong! This is what Colin Kaepernick, a great player and a great athlete in the community, tweeted about the incident:
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.
That's a compelling statement from Kaepernick and until proof of any wrongdoing shows up, and none appears to be, it's the statement we should be going with. Yeah, your fan base doesn't want you giving a big contract to someone who would commit a sexual assault, but that's not the case here.
Maybe it is not a huge penalty for the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers to endure, waiting for his extension, which is surely coming before the season starts. But to have his name sullied in the press without any evidence whatever that he did something wrong, that smacks of media looking to create a headline, nothing more.
So it could be that Kaepernick is the victim here.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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