Harbaugh's words of caution resonate with Kaepernick

Harbaugh's words of caution resonate with Kaepernick
June 19, 2014, 2:15 pm
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You want to keep good people around at all times, regardless of where you’re at.
Colin Kaepernick

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SANTA CLARA – Coach Jim Harbaugh wrapped up the 49ers’ offseason program Thursday with some words of caution to his team.

After all, the 49ers have five weeks until the entire team is required to report back to the team's practice facility for the beginning of training camp.

The 49ers concluded a 55-minute practice, and then Harbaugh awarded T-shirts and certificates to 59 players who recorded perfect attendance throughout the nine-week offseason program.

Then, he had some advice about avoiding off-the-field issues.

“Beware with whom you associate,” Harbaugh said. “Very important to know your surroundings – friend or foe? And there always seems to be a foe present, so get in a good football position and be ready for anything that’s coming at you. And be able to around corners, and see under doors. Anticipate. Mainly, surround yourself with good people.”

It’s a message that resonates with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick was named in a “suspicious incident” report in which a woman in Miami told police that she might have been the victim of a sexual assault. Investigators concluded “there is no evident to indicate that she was the victim of any crime,” according to the closeout memo.

“You want to keep good people around at all times, regardless of where you’re at,” Kaepernick said.

He said the incident this offseason has made him “a lot more” cognizant of the bad intentions that others might have for him. But he said he has been on guard ever since rising to prominence during the 2012 season.

“Since I’ve really started playing, it’s something I’ve been more aware of, and especially in the past few months, it’s something obviously you have to be very aware of,” Kaepernick said.


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