Kaepernick cleared of wrongdoing in Miami incident

Colin Kaepernick cleared of wrongdoing in alleged 'suspicious incident' in Miami

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Blog Photo - Kaepernick cleared of wrongdoing in Miami incidentSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick got his wish with a big 6-year, $126 million contract in the beginning of June, but today he gets an even more critical wish granted. The Miami-Dade State Attorney has cleared Kaepernick of any wrongdoing in a 'suspicious incident' involving a Miami woman, a case in which criminal charges had at one point loomed as a possibility.

Kaepernick had been named as a suspect in an investigation that started in early April. He and two other NFL players, 49ers receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, were in a hotel room in which a woman reported something resembling a date rape. TMZ reported the case as a sexual assault, but the Miami-Dade PD backed off those words.

Now they're backing off the investigation entirely. Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports that Colin Kaepernick has been cleared of wrongdoing in the case, as have both other players. With no remaining suspects and no charges, this case is now closed.

Blog Photo - Kaepernick cleared of wrongdoing in Miami incident"No charges, no indication that a criminal act was committed," said Ed Griffith of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. "She was alleging that she may have been the victim of a sexual assault, and there was no evidence."

"The complainant's allegations in this matter have been thoroughly investigated," said a closeout memo from the investigation. "The medical examination of her body did not reveal any evidence of physical trauma. A forensic biological analysis of her rape kit swabs revealed no seminal fluid and her toxicology tests only revealed the presence of drugs that she admitted to consuming (i.e., marijuana) or drugs that were administered to her by medical professionals after she became incoherent."

This is not proof of anyone's innocence, it's just and admission that proving guilt would be impossible. So for now, this incident is in Kaepernick's rear-view mirror. But TMZ might be waiting the next time any 'suspicious incident' takes place.
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