On Thursday afternoon, I decided to check over the most recent NFL news, as I often do over lunch; and I nearly lost a perfectly good turkey sandwich when I read that Colin Kaepernick decided to take a spin down Roesthlisberger Rd. Then a few hours later and undamning information comes out about the incident:
2. A girl he already has a sexual relationship with shows up, makes them all drinks and it appears as though the night is heading toward the two having sex.
3. The two did not have sex.
4. One of the players called the police and that eventually led to the girl ending up in the hospital. We don't know why, but it looks like possible alcohol poisoning or something similar.
The Miami Police have stated multiple times that neither Kaepernick nor Patton nor Lockette is a suspect in any crime, or that any crime was even committed. Yet here we are a day and a half later and his name is being bandied about across the internet from TMZ down to the comments section on any football related blog as that of a man guilty of at most sexual assault and at least being an imposter as the franchise quarterback of a potential Super Bowl winning team.
"Never hear about this from Peyton Manning."
"Man, I bet he places a call to Ben's lawyer!"
"Russell Wilson is the bestest and I think about him when I pull one off!"
"Kaepernick is nothing but a thug."
"Bet they wished they could mulligan that Alex Smith trade!"
You get it. What's almost as bad as all of these guys are the ones that admit he did nothing wrong and still think he's guilty of putting himself in the wrong situation or that he should think twice about who he hangs out with. Seriously people? He was hanging out with his teammate, Patton, and a guy who most people know to be his close friend (and former teammate), Ricardo Lockette.
So what is Kaepernick ultimately guilty of here? Not being Johnny Unitas, as so many before him have been guilty of. Kaepernick is single, he parties, he wears his hat (almost) backwards, he hangs out in Miami in the offseason, and he probably identifies with the Ludicrous song "Area Codes" a bit. No, he's not the choirboy Russell Wilson is, he's not the middle-America hero Peyton Manning is, not the everyman Drew Brees is, not even close. Yet every reliable account ever written about him has described a good student, a hard worker, a team leader (unanimously voted team captain last year), an intelligent young man, a man who cares about kids, and a man gives his time to good causes.
Maybe it's time to stop caring about every little thing our favorite athletes do. If Colin Kaepernick wants to party in the offseason with his friends and sleep with women, who the hell cares? Unless he did something shady to the girl, which as of yet there is no reason to think he did, then he can do whatever he wants. He doesn't need to spend every minute of his offseason "cramming film" or "learning to get past his first read." We already know he works on football every day, yet somehow he isn't doing enough. It's time to ease up people, Colin Kaepernick is not a stereotypical franchise QB, but he is a franchise QB, and by all accounts a good person. Let's stop trying to think of reasons to not like him.