Report: 49ers halt negotiations with Kaepernick amid police investigation
The 49ers have put contract talks with quarterback Colin Kaepernick on hold amid a police investigation into an incident involving a woman at a Miami hotel earlier this month, NFL.com reports.
The 49ers and Kaepernick were not close on finalizing a deal that is expected to exceed $18 million per year when negotiations were put on hold, according to the report.
In addition to Kaepernick, the police report on the incident also names 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette as possible suspects.
FOX Sports’ Kevin Vaughan and Mike Garafolo previously reported that the woman who filed the report on April 4 told Miami police that the players encouraged her to smoke marijuana and that after she was undressed by Kaepernick and ended up in a hospital with no memory of what happened or how she got there, according to a copy of the incident report. She also told police she had a prior sexual relationship with Kaepernick.
Initial media reports suggested that a sexual assault had occurred, but there is nothing in the report that clarifies exactly what happened. The report itself has "police information" listed in the area where a specific crime would normally be included.
In a series of tweets sent out last Friday, Kaepernick defended his reputation, saying he was dealing with "someone who makes things up."
"I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up," one of them read.
"I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced," he wrote in the other.