Colin Kaepernick will not be charged in alleged sexual assault incident
The Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office issued a memo on Thursday indicating it will not press charges on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players for an alleged incident that supposedly occurred in a Miami hotel in April related to a woman’s claims she was sexually assaulted.
“The key issue to really clarify, because a lot of people have been screwing this up are talking about charges being dropped. That’s untrue,” Ed Griffith, public information officer for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, told USA Today.
“Charges were never filed. The woman came to the cops and said she may have been sexually assaulted. So that was viewed as a complaint,” Griffith added. “She made a complaint and there was basically no evidence that there was a sexual assault. The complaint was investigated and found to be unfounded.”
San Francisco wideout Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette also will not be charged.
Tests indicated that the woman was not a victim of a sexual assault and the information gathered corroborated claims by the players that nothing happened.
Details of the investigation as reported by the Associated Press seem to show that the claims and allegations made by the woman were more the unhinged rantings of a possibly mentally unstable individual than a factual and accurate recollection of what actually occurred in the Miami hotel room on April 1.
In fact, the memo by Assistant State Attorney Laura Adams described the woman as incoherent when police and fire-rescue officers responded to 911 calls to the room at the Viceroy Hotel. She had to be sedated in order to be taken to the hospital, where she was temporarily involuntarily committed for her own safety, the memo says.
“When she heard the officers’ voices, the complainant started screaming incoherently about Jesus and devils,” Adams wrote.
A hotel security officer told police that when he arrived at the room, the woman began praying, “asking God to forgive her of her sins” and began screaming in words the security officer couldn’t understand, according to the memo. She banged her head against the walls and started kicking uncontrollably.
At the hospital, doctors noted that she was “severely agitated” and appeared to be in an altered mental state, although no evidence of drugs beyond marijuana were detected in her system, Adams wrote. The woman had told police she and the three players had drinks and smoked marijuana earlier in the night.
Despite troubling allegations surfacing when the story first broke, Kaepernick vehemently denied the accuracy of reports throughout the ordeal , even taking to Twitter in an attempt to clear his name and refute the overreaching and unsubstantiated nature of the initial reporting on the alleged incident.
Throughout it all, the 49ers, hesitantly at first but gradually becoming more and more public, supported Kaepernick, so much so that the team signed the quarterback to a six-year, $126 million contract extension despite the investigation and its ultimate outcome still hanging in the balance.
For Kaepernick and the 49ers — not to mention Patton and Lockette — the nightmare appears to have reached a satisfactory conclusion. And yet, a valuable lesson can be gleaned from this sordid tale: That rampant and unchecked speculation at the onset of a story breaking will — and often does — end up obscuring the facts in the name of tabloid sensationalism, something many of us have been guilty of either propagating or at least not applying some measure of skepticism when considering the (alleged) details.