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.