San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players are under investigation for what is being called a suspicious incident. Police have reportedly questioned the 26-year-old superstar along with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and San Francisco wideout Quinton Patton in connection with an alleged sexual assault April 1 at a hotel in Miami. Police said that no sex took place and no charges have been filed, but the woman, who admitted to having a previous sexual relationship with Kaepernick, woke up in a Miami hospital the morning after the incident. The woman, according to police, passed out around midnight during the night in question. The incident report states that the woman had no idea how she got to the hospital or why she was taken there.
Miami police chief Manuel Orosa said the three men and the woman had mixed drinks and shots together before they told her to smoke from a bong, which contained marijuana. The woman said she then became light-headed and went to the bedroom to lay down when Kaepernick came in behind her and started kissing and undressing her until she was completely naked. The woman said he then told her he would be right back and left the room. The two never had sex, she said. Orosa said the incident is being handled by the Special Victims Office, a unit that investigates sexual battery and assault cases. He said the woman showed up at the police station April 3 and filed the report.
Lockette, 27, joined the Seattle Seahawks in 2011 as an undrafted free agent after starring in both football and track and field at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. A native of Albany, Georgia, Lockette has seen limited action as a pro, totaling just 7 receptions for 187 yards and 1 touchdown in 10 games. Lockette, perhaps best known for his blazing 4.34 speed, was cut by Seattle in December of 2011 and then resigned with the team in October 2013 after brief stints with San Francisco and Chicago.
Patton, meanwhile, was drafted in the fourth round of last year’s NFL draft. The 23-year-old Louisiana Tech product posted stellar numbers in his college career, earning first team All-WAC honors in 2011 with 79 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. Patton was again an All-WAC first team selection in 2012, catching 104 balls for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns. His rookie season in the NFL was cut short by a broken foot.
In a statement to the press, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the organization is aware of the situation and is currently gathering facts. Kaepernick was taken by the 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft as the 36th overall pick. After backing up current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith for a season and a half, he was tapped to step in when Smith went down with an injury in the middle of the 2012 season. Kaepernick ended up taking the 49ers to the playoffs and set an NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in the process, running for 181 yards in a 45-31 victory over Green Bay. San Francisco’s run would end in the Super Bowl with a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Commentary by Rick Sarlat