Once again, San Francisco 49ers players are in the spotlight and it’s not a good thing. 49ers quarterback, Collin Kaepernick, along with 49ers wide receiver, Quinton Patton, and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, Ricardo Lockette, were all named suspects in a “suspicious” case filed last week by the Miami Police Department.
It’s been known that Kaepernick and Patton have been working out in Miami since February. Last week, Kaepernick posted multiple photos to his Instagram page with “#Miami” and one photo including Patton. Lockette & Kaepernick became close when Lockette was on the 49ers’ practice squad in 2012 and during the offseason.
According to the report, the alleged victim visted Lockette’s apartment in Miami around 9:00pm where both Kaepernick and Patton were as well. The report goes on to say that she mixed drinks for all of them and gave them shots but was advised by the men to take a “hit” off of a bong of marijuana in order for them to take the shots. She told the police she then felt light-headed shortly after that and went to a bedroom to lie down where Kaepernick followed her. The report stated that the victim and Kaepernick had a previous sexual relationship but did not have sex that night.
The alleged victim woke up in a hospital bed with no knowledge of how she got there or who transported her to the hospital later that night.
Miami Police has stated that the investigation is on going.
49ers GM Trent Baalke said in a statement that, “The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts.”
This isn’t the first scandal for the 49ers this offseason. Just last month, 49ers cornerback, Chris Culliver, was arrested in San Jose after striking a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash and then threatened a witness with brass knuckles. He was charged with suspicion of hit-and-run, reckless driving with injury and weapon possession according to the San Jose Police Department.
In the wake of these incidents, it brings up the question, how should players be punished for their actions by NFL teams? Should their punishment match the crime or should they be allowed a second chance (or in Aldon Smith’s case, a third and fourth)?
49ers’ fans hope that in Kaepernick’s case, he is not guilty of any crime committed. But if he is found guilty, some fans believe that the 49ers’ organization should hold a high standard and remove him from the team while others think a second chance should be given as they have done for Smith.
A similar case was with Pittsburg Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who faced multiple rape allegations in 2008 and 2010. The NFL then suspended Roethlisberger for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The suspension was later reduced to four games after he convinced the NFL commissioner that he hard turned his life around. Steelers’ fans, however, weren’t exactly welcoming when Roethlisberger returned to the field.
49ers’ can expect a similar punishment for Kaepernick if he is indeed found guilty. If the front office takes it one step further is something that will have to be determined once the investigation is completed. For now, we know Kaepernick is innocent until proven guilty.