On Friday, two weeks after Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players were named in an incident report by an unnamed woman, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who has heard Kaepernick's side of the story, offered the quarterback his full support.
"The only victim in Colin's case is Colin's reputation," Harbaugh said, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Earlier this month, Kaepernick, teammate Quinton Patton and former teammate Ricardo Lockette (who is now with the Seahawks) were all named in an incident report that was filed on April 3. The report doesn't make any accusations, though the unnamed woman says she was naked in front of Kaepernick in a bedroom in Lockette's Miami apartment, before the 49ers quarterback left the room. She later woke up in a hospital but had no memory of how she got there.
In a separate police report, Lockette said he called 911 twice because the woman refused to leave his apartment. Miami Fire Rescue was eventually dispatched to the apartment and the woman was taken to the hospital.
A day after TMZ originally reported that Kaepernick was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, the 49ers quarterback sent out a series of tweets denying the accusation.
"The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong," Kaepernick wrote on April 11. "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."
A short time later, A Miami police spokesperson told MercuryNews.com that "There's no evidence of a crime or a sexual assault. This report is simply an incident report taken at the woman's request. ... there are no specific allegations of wrongdoing."
The spokesman added that TMZ "took the report out of context."
Last week, authorities told the Bee that Kaepernick was not present when police arrived following Lockette's two 911 calls. The Bee also reports that Kaepernick was on hand earlier on the night in question but left shortly after the woman arrived.
Harbaugh pointed out Friday that the media has only heard one version of events.
"Remember this, there's sometimes two sides to the story and I often see the one side that's reported in the media and it gains speed and attention," the coach said. "The other side still remains to be told. Looking at the Colin Kaepernick situation, at some point there needs to be a resolution to some of this jump-the-gun, witch-hunt scenario that we're seeing."
Harbaugh, quoting Winston Churchill, added: "A lie will get halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put on its pants."
Meanwhile, the organization and Kaepernick have put contract talks on hold for the time being.