San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in his first public comments following the incident in Miami a month ago, told a breakfast crowd in his hometown of Turlock that it changed his way of thinking.
Kaepernick was named, along with teammate Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, in a Miami Police report of a “suspicious incident.”
The woman, who claimed she awakened in a hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, did not accuse anyone of a crime. And Miami Police has stated there’s no evidence of a crime.
Still, Miami Police has not issued any statement beyond their release of the incident report.
“It’s been put out that I did something wrong,” Kaepernick said Friday morning at the Turlock Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast via the Modesto Bee.
“Even though it’s a bad circumstance, a bad situation, I feel like ultimately I’ve been blessed because it’s changed my way of thinking. It’s made me stronger. It’s made me look at things differently.”
Kaepernick added, “Even this morning, this is a blessing. It makes me very happy to know that people are staying behind me the way they have.”
Last week, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh offered his public support of Kaepernick.
“At some point there needs to be a resolution to this, this kind of scenario,” Harbaugh said. “I mean, the only victim in Colin’s case is Colin’s reputation.
“I’ve seen one side reported, heard the other side, and feel very good that there will be a good resolution. Hopefully, a just one, too, because you hate to see a man’s reputation be the victim.”