Golden Nuggets: Colin Kaepernick fires back at TMZ and more information comes out on the situation

Ezra Shaw

Saturday, April 12, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Good morning everyone, this offseason has been crazier than any I can remember in a while and the hits just keep coming. At the rate we're going, we might have four more of our players caught up in messy situations by the time the draft rolls around.

Colin Kaepernick fired back at TMZ yesterday for their completely irresponsible story and headline, calling it completely wrong. In return, TMZ did what TMZ does, they stuck with it, because controversy, even with themselves, is good for their business. If people are clicking on their site, even if it is to see if they retracted, people are still clicking on their site. That's all a gossip mongering site like TMZ wants. The Miami Police have come out and said that they have no evidence that points to a sexual assault, but that's not good enough for TMZ. Mike Florio (of all people) had a good take on the Miami PD's statement:

The fact that a police spokesman has said publicly that there’s no evidence of a sexual assault strongly suggests that neither Kaepernick nor anyone else is suspected of a sexual assault — the police aren’t normally in the business of saying publicly that there’s no evidence of a crime if they’re still investigating whether a crime has been committed.

Well there you have it, thanks Mike Florio, you make a good point. You're just as obtuse as TMZ when it comes to arguing against people criticizing your work, but you still make a good point.

The national sports media has been surprisingly well behaved the past two days, the 49ers are getting off way easier than an NFC East team would have, so for that I guess we can be thankful. Unfortunately, one of the stables of legal sports matters, the "bad situation" rhetoric, is rearing its ugly head. Obviously, there are bad situations that all people should stay away from. Partying with your buds is not one of those situations, yet athletes, because they are the faces of organizations apparently, cannot hang out with their friends in an expensive hotel room. Why is that? Because they are role models? I implore you, get better role models people, they are complete strangers. Holding your fellow man to standards you do not keep yourself is hypocritical and justifying it by saying they are the faces of the organization is flat out unfair.

I guess my main problem with this way of thinking is that any situation can be bad if bad things happen. Telling a guy to stay home because a woman might smoke and drink too much is asking him to predict the future, and that is, as far as I know, impossible. Now lets get to those links.

Kaepernick Fallout:

TMZ defends initial report, questions Kaepernick’s denial, says Miami PD "backtracked" (BASG)

Kaepernick says stories from Miami are 'completely wrong' (Gin)

Kaepernick denies wrongdoing; details start to emerge in Miami investigation (Barrows)

49ers' Kaepernick: 'Your faith is not misplaced' (Maiocco)

Police, emergency personnel were called to players' hotel suite (Barrows)

Actual Football News:

49ers waive WR Carswell (Maiocco)

Running back Storm Johnson among prospects visiting 49ers Monday (Barrows)

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