Last month, Colin Kaepernick took to Twitter to dispute a TMZ report involving a woman at a Miami apartment, and last week, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh offered Kaepernick his full support when he said, "The only victim in Colin's case is Colin's reputation."
On Friday, Kaepernick spoke publicly about the incident for the first time.
“It's been put out that I did something wrong,” he told 900 people at the Turlock (Calif.) Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, via the Modesto Bee. “Even though it's a bad circumstance, a bad situation, I feel like ultimately I've been blessed because it's changed my way of thinking. It's made me stronger. It's made me look at things differently.”
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. And 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."
Authorities later told the Sacramento 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.
Last week, Harbaugh said that the public had heard only 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."
On Friday morning, Kaepernick thanked the crowd for their unwavering support.
"Even this morning, this is a blessing,” he said. "It makes me very happy to know that people are staying behind me the way they have.”