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SANTA CLARA – Two weeks after Colin Kaepernick’s name surfaced in a police report of a “suspicious incident” in Miami, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said his quarterback’s reputation is the "only victim."
Kaepernick was identified, along with 49ers receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette, in the Miami Police incident report. The woman, who claimed she lost memory while visiting the three NFL players and woke up in a hospital, made no accusation, according to the police report. Miami Police said there is no evidence of a crime.
However, Miami Police has also been slow to disclose any other details of their investigation in the past two weeks.
“At some point there needs to be a resolution to this scenario,” Harbaugh told reporters Friday. “The only victim is Colin’s reputation.”
Harbaugh spoke after the 49ers’ local pro day.
How concerned are you when you see what’s happened the past few months with players showing up under investigation? And what concerns do you have with some of the guys?
Harbaugh: ”I know you plowed that ground really thoroughly (with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke), don’t know how much I can add, but it’s like a parent does. Do you worry? Do you think about it a lot? Yes. Some are still to be resolved. The same things you tell your own kids. There are consequences for all of our actions, good or bad. There can be good consequences, bad consequences.
“So in some instances, keep in mind this: There’s sometimes two sides to stories. And I often see the one side reported in the media. And then it gains incredible speed and attention. The other side still remains to be told. Looking at Colin Kaepernick’s situation, at some point there needs to be a resolution to some of jump-the-gun, witch-hunt kind of scenario that we’re seeing.
“Winston Churchill had a great quote: ‘A lie will get halfway around the world before a truth has a chance to put on its pants.’
“At some point there needs to be a resolution to this, this kind of scenario. I mean, the only victim in Colin’s case is Colin’s reputation.”
Based on what you just said, do you think nothing will come of that?
Harbaugh: ”Uh, yes. I’ve heard . . . I’ve seen one side reported, heard the other side, and feel very good that there will be a good resolution. Hopefully, a just one, too, because you hate to see a man’s reputation be the victim.”
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The day after the release of the Miami incident report, Kaepernick defended himself via a three-part statement on Twitter:
“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.”