In the midst of one of the most tumultuous offseasons in San Francisco 49ers history comes news that the club is apparently taking a major step to protect its reputation by pausing contract negotiations with QB Colin Kaepernick. Already victimized by the machinations of LB Aldon Smith, the 49ers are now dealing with a scurrilous, but vague, police report detailing a lot of fill in the blank scandal, but as of yet, no specific crime aside from drug use.
For Kaepernick’s part, he admits no wrongdoing and suggests that the episode is the work of someone who makes things up, but this is not to be taken lightly in any case. The accuser alleges that on the night of Apr. 1 she visited Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette‘s apartment where she was then plied with various mixed drinks and repeatedly encouraged to smoke marijuana. The accuser also alleges that after some time of the exchange, she was taken to Lockette’s bedroom and undressed by Kaepernick. Importantly, however, no accusation is made of sexual activity, be it voluntary or involuntary.
However this turns out it is another black eye for a league that is starting to see double. The 49ers in particular seem to be held captive by malcontents and incorrigible players with seemingly no ability to quell their bad behavior. Were the 49ers to part ways with both Smith and Kaepernick, it is likely other suitors would come calling. Nevertheless, the club would has established an important precedent in dealing with troublesome behavior by their players that hopefully other teams would follow.