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TMZ (sort of) stands by its Kaepernick report

When news broke that Colin Kaepernick was involved in a police investigation in Miami, TMZ was on the story first, saying that Kaepernick was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault. But a police spokesman later said TMZ’s report was based on information that was taken out of context, and Kaepernick has slammed TMZ’s report as “completely wrong.”

For its part, TMZ is standing by its story. Sort of.

The top headline now at TMZ is, “Colin Kaepernick: Cops confirm investigation is ‘sexual in nature.'” The story under that headline cites a “well placed official at the Miami Police Department” as saying that Kaepernick is a suspect in an investigation that is “sexual in nature.”

It’s not clear what “sexual in nature” means, exactly, but while TMZ appears to be trying to stick with what it previously reported in the face of Kaepernick’s strong denial, the new TMZ report does not say specifically that Kaepernick is being investigated for a sexual assault, which is what the initial TMZ report said.

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.

All we know for sure is that a woman says that after drinking with Kaepernick, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton, and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, she went to bed and the next thing she knew she was waking up in a hospital. That certainly fits the description of a “suspicious incident,” as the police have called it. But while TMZ insists that the police are privately confirming that the investigation is sexual in nature, that’s not what the police are saying publicly.

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47 Responses to “TMZ (sort of) stands by its Kaepernick report”
  1. thejabronisayz says: Apr 11, 2014 3:21 PM

    The woman was naked, in a bed, apparently waiting for Kaepernick, and then woke up in a hospital bed.

    The investigation should therefore focus on the gap in time between her last memory and waking up in the aforementioned bed.

  2. clesportsfan says: Apr 11, 2014 3:23 PM

    I hope Harvey and the arrogant people at TMZ get a defamation lawsuit slapped against them, if he really didn’t do anything

  3. gudy2shoes says: Apr 11, 2014 3:25 PM

    Lockette will be cut for fraternizing with the enemy.

  4. gudy2shoes says: Apr 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    In true “Casino” fashion. “Lockette? Sure he’s a good earner but… why take a chance?”

  5. jtbaudendistel says: Apr 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    TMZ is today’s National Enquirer

  6. gpmulligan says: Apr 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    So when does he get suspened by the league. Roethlesburgher got suspended without any charges. Interesting to see how the NFL reacts.

  7. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Apr 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    The Mystery Woman is actually Richard Sherman.

  8. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 11, 2014 3:31 PM

    clesportsfan says:
    Apr 11, 2014 3:23 PM
    I hope Harvey and the arrogant people at TMZ get a defamation lawsuit slapped against them, if he really didn’t do anything

    How is it a defamation if he didn’t do anything. They never accused him of doing anything. They reported he was being investigated.

  9. staffordsyear says: Apr 11, 2014 3:32 PM

    Regardless, he will never be looked at the same way. to bad.

  10. sweded775 says: Apr 11, 2014 3:33 PM

    Lockette was on the Niners first I believe.

  11. thevikesarebest says: Apr 11, 2014 3:34 PM

    The facts are:Kap used to be a packer it’s not surprising he’s involved in something like this.he was also working with a shehawk so that’s another reason he would be in a situation like this.

  12. nfl4days says: Apr 11, 2014 3:36 PM

    How does nobody know Lockette was a Niner?

  13. holla2626 says: Apr 11, 2014 3:39 PM

    How did she get to the hospital? Somebody had to clothe her and drive her there. How do you drop off an unconscious person at the hospital? This is so sketchy.

  14. theawkwardyears says: Apr 11, 2014 3:42 PM

    Sounds like the Girl he was hitting on got intercepted by Darren Sharper.

  15. grant1979 says: Apr 11, 2014 3:46 PM

    This thread is riddled with terrible attempts at English. What a bunch of butcher jobs.

  16. rubicon202 says: Apr 11, 2014 3:49 PM

    When has TMZ been more than just entertainment for us by stars? The TV show is hillarious and I’ll leave it at that…

  17. fdugrad says: Apr 11, 2014 3:58 PM

    If in fact the young lady did, inexplicably awake in a hospital, wouldn’t the initial salient questions to contemplate be something along this line: What was the health concern prompting a trip to the hospital, how and/or WHO transported her to the medical facility, and lastly, why was she ALONE when she awoke? The answers to the above queries would naturally point out the direction to follow concerning the investigation, as well as the possible charges or lack-there-of involved. All the other “stuff” is grasping at shadows.

  18. Robert says: Apr 11, 2014 4:01 PM

    Colin is Holy and perfect, he doesn’t do these things.

  19. sdelmonte says: Apr 11, 2014 4:02 PM

    Probably would make the most sense for anyone in the press to just wait for the police to do their jobs and stay quiet till then.

    Like that would ever happen.

  20. SeattleJones says: Apr 11, 2014 4:03 PM

    Meanwhile DangeRuss is studying the playbook. Such is the work ethic of a dynasty QB.

  21. dtr3e says: Apr 11, 2014 4:07 PM

    Was Darren Sharper there too? That’d explain it

  22. superleadhead says: Apr 11, 2014 4:10 PM

    Has anyone even considered that she was never there? Or that she made the whole thing up looking for a gold digger payday?

  23. jimmydixx12 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:14 PM

    And who was this “well placed official at the Miami Police Department”, TMZ ? Did they give you their name? Was it “Crockett” or “Tubbs” ?

  24. 2manyconcussions says: Apr 11, 2014 4:18 PM

    It used to be in this country that one had the presumption of innocence. Now, one has the presumption of guilt by tabloid.

  25. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    Regardless of what did or didn’t happen, none of the three will be with his current team in two years.

  26. donkeydik says: Apr 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    that was fast

  27. crabtreeisapunk says: Apr 11, 2014 4:26 PM

    Are we sure that she didn’t just fall asleep trying to watch Crabtree’s highlight reel?

  28. sonoco says: Apr 11, 2014 4:28 PM

    meanwhile Russell Wilson is studying on improving delivery of his rapid fire cheesy hyper-positive cliches’.

  29. donkeydik says: Apr 11, 2014 4:29 PM

    more like fell asleep listening to Sherman’s worthless rants

  30. dacktle49 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:39 PM

    Keep it moving nothing to see here except a bunch of “Seahawk fans” that can not tell you who Matt Hasselbeck is!

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2014 4:44 PM

    We’ll just have to wait for all of the salicious and seedy details to emerge before we rush to judgement. Then we can all have a good laugh at these dopes.

  32. shatho1 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:48 PM

    All we know for sure is that a woman says that after drinking with Kaepernick, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton, and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, she went to bed and the next thing she knew she was waking up in a hospital.

    show me in this article where she was naked how does she even know if she doesn’t remember anything from the time she went to bed until she woke up in the hospital and don’t give me it was in an article before , I’ve already read them , but the statement above and articles after the first article says nothing about that.
    The woman is lying through her teeth, just saying.

  33. Dogsweat says: Apr 11, 2014 5:36 PM

    Raider fans love watching this.

  34. blabidibla says: Apr 11, 2014 5:55 PM

    more backpedaling.

  35. keltictim says: Apr 11, 2014 6:16 PM

    For those comparing tmz to the national enquirer, it was the enquirer that broke the bill Clinton/lewinsky story and the John Edwards story. Sometimes they get it right.

  36. kev86 says: Apr 11, 2014 6:41 PM

    Classy bunch

  37. goldrush36 says: Apr 11, 2014 8:22 PM

    nfl4days says: Apr 11, 2014 3:36 PM

    How does nobody know Lockette was a Niner?
    Well for starters 95% of the “fan” base you are seeing have less than 3 months on the job…..

  38. higheriqthanyou says: Apr 11, 2014 8:22 PM


  39. gregorie0880 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:09 PM

    Obviously nobody on this website knows Kaepernick, but he has said many times that he doesn’t drink beer or alcohol. He makes a point to tell his fans that he watches in detail what he puts in his body.

    Forget the sexual part of this story for a minute. That “drinking with Kaepernick” comment caught my eye and gives me tremendous pause. The woman or Kaepernick is a liar before we even discuss a law being broken.

  40. deepthreat88 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:38 PM

    Let’s suppose that Kaep did nothing wrong with the girl.

    Can we also believe that he wasn’t “hitting the bong”?

    Where there is smoke , there is fire. Kaep is running with the wrong crowd and headed towards destruction.

  41. deepthreat88 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:39 PM

    ….AND, I am damn disappointed in Quinton Patton too. His status of Harbaugh favorite is in jeopardy, as is his job now.

  42. lennymoorerules says: Apr 11, 2014 9:40 PM

    All Niner fans must be thinking-‘What a revoltin’ development this is’.

  43. aagro12 says: Apr 11, 2014 9:46 PM

    Actually…Lockette was a Seahawk first. He was cut. The 9ers picked him up. Then he was cut by the 9ers, before landing back in Seattle.

  44. number1hawkfan says: Apr 11, 2014 9:51 PM

    The only evidence I’ve seen so far is that Kaperchoke isn’t that great of a QB and seems to enjoy partying more than winning. That’s the evidence 49er fans should be worried about.

  45. chinahand11 says: Apr 11, 2014 10:27 PM

    You simply can’t take a TMZ story seriously. They will always use an anonymous highly placed source to fit the narrative.

    I sincerely hope that girl is okay and does not get her name dragged through the slime.

  46. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 12, 2014 1:26 AM

    A bong and weed was involved. By NFL rules, they should ALL be tested for illegal substances….

  47. higheriqthanyou says: Apr 12, 2014 8:46 PM

    nfl4days says:
    Apr 11, 2014 3:36 PM

    How does nobody know Lockette was a Niner?

    Because fans pay attention to winners not whiners.

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