Colin Kaepernick says he didn’t use offensive language

AP

Colin Kaepernick drew what is believed to be the league’s first penalty for inappropriate language last night.

But the 49ers quarterback insisted he didn’t say anything wrong.

He was flagged following his second interception, and cameras showed him jawing back and forth with the Bears defense.

I didn’t say anything,” Kaepernick said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, when asked what caused the flag.

Asked again if he used a slur, Kaepernick said “No.” Asked if he was shocked referee Carl Cheffers announced a penalty for inappropriate language, Kaepernick replied: “Yes.”

He also denied replying when Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston was apparently trying to bait him into a response.

The Bears scored the go-ahead touchdown on the next play, which took the focus off the flag for a moment.

But barring conclusive video evidence or a transcript — gee, where have we heard that before — we’re forced to accept Cheffers’ word on whatever word was said.

61 responses to “Colin Kaepernick says he didn’t use offensive language

  1. I believe CK7 the refs have something against my Niners this year and i have no clue what it is. How we go from being in the middle of the pack penalized team last year to the most this year is beyond me. Last week we should have blew Dallas out by more. This week yes Kap had several terrible turnovers, but the refs and playcalling kept the Bears in this one. #Nobodyhasitbetter

  2. Before everyone blames Kap, the blame goes all around. Joe Staley had a bad game. Jonathan Martin was bad. Jimmy Ward was horrendous. Kap had 4 turnovers and looked bad. This team looked undisciplined from top to bottom. They need to clean up everything or we will miss the playoffs. I’m a Niners fan and it’s early in the season, but they don’t look very good at all.

  3. But his performance in the second half was offensive. I guess they thought the Bears game was an oppty to “practice” their passing game as the went away from the running game.

  4. Why are we “forced” to accept the referee’s word over the player’s? Is it because the referees have demonstrated superior competence this season? Because we attribute to them some kind of elevated moral status?

    Have the officials become some kind of holy figures in the religion of NFL?

  5. I don’t care what he said…. there should never be a flag for words said in the heat of a football game. Never.

    And I hate the 49ers & Kaepernick.

  6. He was in the middle of giving away a game his team expected to win…Of course he was using inappropriate language.

    Why the NFL made this a penalty is beyond me.

  7. Flags for bad language, flags for too hard of tackling, refs calling timeouts without following the rulebook, players breaking every law possible, the commish hiding….and billionaires just making more and more money each day.

  8. This is a garbage call and we all know it. The referees have the ability to freely influence the outcomes of certain games, in particular cases, according to the NFL’s desire for a chosen team to make it to the Superbowl.

    The only touchdown (questionable or otherwise) that wasn’t reviewed in all the games played on Sunday was for Seattle’s non-TD earlier in the day against San Diego (?????) If Seattle had won, would this ridiculous call have occurred? Most likely not. It’s okay for SF and Seattle to have an even record, but not for the niners to jump ahead with a better record this early in the season.

    Goodell and crew desperately NEED a perfect poster child, Russell Wilson, to repeat in the Superbowl this year in order to deflect all the bad press that Rice, Peterson, and a slew of niners have brought to the news forefront…so it stands to reason that the first ever “naughty word” penalty be assessed against the niners QB. They didn’t need the ref’s help to lose last night’s game, but that was just the most obvious abuse of power “officiating” move since, well, since the non-review of Seattle’s touchdown just a few hours earlier in the day.

    Expect to see a ton of questionable calls throughout this season against “bad boy teams”, and a continuation from last year of more non-calls against “good guy teams”. The NFL is becoming a farce!

  9. Disclosure: thrilled (and somewhat shocked) Bears fan here.

    Look… there were hoinky calls both ways in that game last night. Maybe Colin didn’t say anything to warrant a flag on that play, but on the other side, the refs conveniently ignored a delay of game on the Niners that allowed them to score, wrongly overturned a legit Martellus Bennett catch, and overlooked Jared Allen being held all night.

    The bottom line is that too many flags were thrown in total that game. If the NFL wants people to keep watching, they will instruct the officials to keep the laundry in the pockets and let players play. That was as bad as a preseason game last night and fans are only gonna tolerate that for so long. It’s a miracle either team found any rhythm at all with a flag being thrown literally every other play at times.

  10. My guess is he was penalized for engaging the Bear player as he was restrained by the Ref….or he’s just lying which certainly wouldn’t surprise me.

  11. What does Colin Kaepernick have in common with Joe Montana and Steve Young?

    Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

  12. We need to know what Goodell knew and when, and folks need to start getting suspended immediately for this.

  13. C’mon now you people, we all know there are 2 groups of infallible human beings who always tell the truth: NFL Refs & the IRS

  14. Of course he’s gonna tell everyone he didn’t say anything, if he admits to it, it means you can get into his head and that’s the kiss of death for a QB in the NFL.

  15. For everyone saying the refs has something against the 49ers clearly wasn’t watching the game. How many times did the play clock expire and the whistle wasn’t even blown.

  16. He got called for dropping the N-bomb. That’s what the penalty was for. He doesn’t think he was using a slur because he believes it is “a term of endearment”.

    If a ref hears the word so bad, so dreaded, so terrible that it gets the Lord Voldemort treatment used in anger, he’s been instructed to toss a flag. Because it shows the NFL is racially sensitive.

    Funny enough, it was brought to the table because someone on the Washington R-words was offended by the use of a racial slur against him (by a ref). Irony.

  17. Everyone cries when the N-word is used until it costs their team 15 yards.

    Not saying that is what he said but that is the word of emphases.

  18. “After further review the officials do suck” and are making games impossible to watch
    Mark Cuban 100% correct the league will destroy itself from within

  19. “Why are we “forced” to accept the referee’s word over the player’s? Is it because the referees have demonstrated superior competence this season? Because we attribute to them some kind of elevated moral status?”

    Because it’s their job.

  20. This may not the Niners’ season to contend for the SB. Sure I wish they can prove me wrong but I don’t think they have the personnel to do anything on offense. They have 2 very similar WRs in Boldin and Crabtree. Their only speedster on the outside is Ellington, which was only used as a decoy a couple times yesterday. Roman needs to play him…it’s not like Ellington just started playing organized football. You got “weapons” now, use them! Let him make rookie mistakes now. Kaep relies heavily on his “arm”… he holds the ball wayyy too long in the pocket! And Jonathan Martin is Charmin soft. Where is that damn fire?

    On defense, I’d like to see more Dial and Tank. Lemonier’s motor is a Honda Civic. The front 7 needs to put pressure to help out the young secondary.

    OK, I’m done here. At least the Seachickens lost.

  21. Huge Niner fan here. With this being said, why can’t our Niners get it together when they have a drive of 60+ yards? Drives of 40-60 yards (thanks to Defense and Special Teams) = fast TDs. 70+ = fieldgoal or turn-over.

    Kaep still can’t get his reads going. He is stuck on Crab, throws into double coverage over and over (especially to the tightends, almost getting one of them killed last night). I was laughing last night when one of the announcers (can’t remember which one) mentioned how much improved Kaep was in going through his progressions, this after a 5 yard dump off to Gore under the linebackers. I’ll tell you why he dumped it off, Crab was covered, noticed Gore staring right at him 5 yards away and dumped it. There was no progression/read, it was an easy bailout.

    Offense looked like crap in the preseason (yeah, they don’t mean much, but still), looking slightly above crap in the first two games, only looking good when offensive drives are less than 60+ yards. D keeps tearing it up when they have a breather.

    Will never jump off the wagon, true fan life fan. But this year’s team has me pulling my hair in just 2 weeks of football!!! Come on man!!!

  22. You have a low class individual with tattoos all over himself claiming his language was not inappropriate.

    As if he is an adequate judge of what is appropriate in decent civilized society.

  23. He reeks of punkness. He just comes across as a wannabe gangbanger. Erratic and inconsistent, great one play, horrible the next. I look for Harbaugh to move on after this season, I hear talk of him going to Michigan next year. I look for the 49ers to fall back dramatically.

  24. 4 turnovers (3 ints and 1 fumble) all by Kraperchoke. Let’s Compare Russell Wilson (2x pro bowl in 2 NFL seasons) to Kraperchoke, Wilson is elusive, accurate, poised, solid and most importantly consistent as a NFL QB. Kraperchoke and Mr. Michael Failtree??? 3 NFL seasons and 5 NFL seasons respectively, and THEY BOTH HAVE ZERO PRO-BOWL seasons between them, and you expect them to win a SB anytime soon (The starting QB and supposedly the #1 OR #2 WR on the team with ZERO Pro-bowls)??? LOL… NO CHANCE, until they can prove they can at least make a pro bowl, they will keep choking away games and never come through when the game is on the line.

  25. He reeks of punkness. He just comes across as a wannabe gangbanger. Erratic and inconsistent, great one play, horrible the next. I look for Harbaugh to move on after this season, I hear talk of him going to Michigan next year. I look for the 49ers to fall back dramatically.

    —————————————————

    Inconsistent, arrogant, egotistical, basically immature and OVER RATED. 3 NFL seasons and NOT 1 Pro Bowl, but inherited a championship caliber team when he didn’t earn the job, made tons of money through commercials, magazines, advertisement through he really doesn’t even deserve the spotlight and now got even more money with a pretty big contract and still CHOKING away a 17 pt lead (with 4 turnovers, 3 ints and 1 fumble) in the first home game of a brand new 1+ billion dollar stadium… What a JOKE of a CHOKE.

  26. Nice bajillion dollar QB there Jed. Hehe. The 49ers signed their slide paperwork when they cashed the punk #7.

  27. Throwing like you are trying to put it thru a door is not good QB play. This guy is a skinny Jim Druckenmiller. No touch, no feel. No pocket awareness, other than to escape and run, which he does well.

    He’ll get ear holed and the running thing will end, follow shortly thereafter by the passing and starting QB things ending.

  28. Brandon Marshall > Micheal Failtree.
    5x Pro Bowl > ZERO Pro Bowl.
    Even Jay Cutler has 1 Pro Bowl…
    KraperChoke = ZERO.

    Get off your undeserving high horse and go earn a pro bowl before you try to act like you’re somebody special in a childish Madden video game commercial. Pure choking trash.

  29. Somebody needs to tell this CHOKE he needs to EARN A PRO BOWL FIRST before he opens his mouth, do another commercial for money and does his immature egotistical kaeperchoking pose ever again.

    We all know Harb won’t because he hand pick this arrogant undeserving spoiled immature over rated punk cause Harb is as arrogant and egotistical as the CHOKE he has starting as QB for the 49ers.

  30. Why did the CHOKE use “inappropriate language” and get an add on penalty to his interception, which lead to another easy Bear’s TD?

    Cause the CHOKE is MAD that he suck and got exposed once a again under pressure, he choke away a SB, he never made 1 pro bowl, and he blew a 17 pt lead by turning over the ball 4x, with 1 fumble and 3 ints. He’s a JOKE and a CHOKE, does it really matter if he said anything at all? LOL…

    Earn your big pay check (by earning a pro bowl and win a SB like Wilson already did though he was drafted 1 year after the CHOKE was drafted) or just shut your choking mouth.

  31. Let’s look at this fairly:

    Kap’s fumble was 2 plays after a Gore TD that was called back on a PHANTOM Holding call.

    interception #2 should have been at the very least illegal contact on Fuller but somehow despite calling it on SF all night they missed it.

    INT #3 was just a great play by Fuller, it wasn’t a bad read.

    and 15 yards when a game is on the line is asinine regardless of whether he said anything “offensive”

  32. Flags for bad language, flags for too hard of tackling, refs calling timeouts without following the rulebook, players breaking every law possible, the commish hiding….and billionaires just making more and more money each day.
    ==========
    Nailed it!

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