San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke publicly for the first time since the investigation involving quarterback Colin Kaepernick was opened, and the coach strongly defended his player, according to a report from ESPN.com.
“At some point there needs to be a resolution to this scenario. The only victim in Colin’s case is Colin’s reputation.”
Strong but true words coming from the Niners head coach.
Kaepernick — along with teammate Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks wideout Ricardo Lockette — is part of an ongoing investigation in Miami for what police have described as a “suspicious” incident. To date, none of the three players have been named as a suspect in any criminal case nor have they been charged with any crime.
Harbaugh defended his quarterback and made sure he was clear that he’s not expecting the worst, in fact, he things the outcome will be a positive one when the dust settles.
“I’ve seen one side reported. I’ve heard the other side and feel very good there’ll be a good resolution, and hopefully a just one, too. I hate to see his reputation be the victim.
The public perception of Kaepernick has taken a severe turn downward since the investigation was opened, but the 49ers have publicly stated that the situation will have no effect on the contract negotiations that are ongoing with the 4th-year quarterback.
Hopefully the situation will come to a close soon, and the Niners can get back to the business of football. Harbaugh summed it up with a quote from Winston Churchill: “A lie will get halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put on its pants.”