It's been two days since news first broke that the Miami Police were investigating 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and WR Quinton Patton, and Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette in connection with a suspicious incident at Lockette's residence at the Viceroy Hotel. During that time, there has been little actual information, but people have still felt obligated to swing to both extremes in this case. We've seen people quick to defend the players (more specifically, Kap), while others are quick to say he got himself into a bad situation, and shame shame, and that sort of thing.
Two days later, we're starting to hear more potential details. The Miami PD has apparently been leaking like a sieve to TMZ, but local South Florida and Bay Area reporters are getting more information as well. Some of what TMZ has been reporting has proven correct, but as is often the case, they also have chosen to exaggerate a lot of it.
The latest information of note comes from Cam Inman, who reported that Kap was not at Anquan Boldin's Q-Fest on Friday. As Inman pointed out, this is not surprising, given that it would have taken the spotlight away from the point of the whole night, which was to raise money for Boldin's foundation. You can read more about his celebrity basketball game at 49ers.com.
Matt Barrows put together a fairly extensive update on the situation. It combines the police incident report, the Miami Herald report from last night, and his own sources to come up with a bit more of an extensive timeline. It is incredibly important to note that the original police incident report was simply the woman's narrative of what happened. It does not appear to involve anything more than her going to the police station and telling the cops what she alleges to have happened on April 1. You can read the full narrative from the incident report HERE. You can read the Miami Herald report HERE.
According to the reports, one of the players made two calls to the police. The police arrived and "they grew concerned about the woman's frame of mind and called Fire Rescue, which transported her to the hospital." The Herald reports the woman told police she passed out around midnight, and the Fire Rescue was dispatched to the residence at 12:32. If she passed out close to midnight, that means the police were called sometime between 12:00 and 12:32. We still don't know the rest of the story, but the 12:32 time was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Fire Department. This would seem to bode well for Kaepernick, Patton and Lockette, given the apparent short time frame to call the police after the woman says she passed out.
According to the Miami Police Chief (on the record), they are waiting for tests to come back, including a toxicology report. Anonymous sources reported that a rape kit was administered, but that has not been confirmed publicly. There are no indications Kap, Patton or Lockette have been interviewed by the police.
For now we'll continue to wait for more. Unfortunately, it appears ESPN is playing some BS games with this. I should not be surprised by this, but it is just one more reason I only watch ESPN for live events these days.
Interesting that ESPN decided to use this picture of Kaepernick instead of his standard 49ers headshot pic.twitter.com/XEsYXHtKw6— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 12, 2014
Fooch's Update: Robert Flores commented on the picture. He said they did not choose the stock photo because it featured him smiling, and they did not want to use that one given the serious nature of the topic. Of course, someone tweeted another football picture later, and I have to think ESPN has more than 2 photos of Colin Kaepernick.
@nfldraftscout because he's smiling in it. It looks awkward when a player is involved in a serious or negative story and his pic has him 1/2— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) April 12, 2014
@nfldraftscout grinning ear to ear. This 1 isn't perfect, but considering tone of story prob better option. Either way it's tough choice— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) April 12, 2014
Fooch's Update 2: Deadspin with an interesting string of screenshots