What did Colin Kaepernick say? Video emerges

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick was penalized during the 49ers’ loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night for using inappropriate language towards Bears defender Lamarr Houston.

On Monday, Kaepernick expressed surprise over the penalty, insisting he did not say anything inappropriate. The league instituted a new rule during the offseason which allows referees to call penalties on players for using slurs such as the N-word or homosexual slurs. Kaepernick insisted he did nothing of the sort.

Thanks to KPIX, we have some video to see whether Kaepernick is telling the truth.

I’m not the best lip reader so I can’t tell you what Kaepernick said, but he definitely said something to Houston.

Though Houston stuck up for Kaepernick and said the quarterback didn’t say anything, referee Laird Hayes told CSN Bay Area Monday that Kaepernick “knows what he said.

Kaepernick plans to appeal the $11,000 fine he received for the penalty.

Video via 49erscam

Colin Kaepernick on inappropriate language flag: ‘I didn’t say anything’


Colin Kaepernick became the first player in NFL history to be flagged for using “inappropriate language” on Sunday night. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback was handed the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, and there was speculation that the flag was thrown because he used the N-word. Kaepernick said that was not the case.

So what did Kaepernick say that referee Carl Cheffers felt could not be tolerated? Nothing, of course.

“I didn’t say anything,” he told reporters after the game, per Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

Kaepernick was then asked if he used a slur of any kind, and he said he did not. When asked if he was shocked that Cheffers penalized him, he simply responded “yes.”

We have no way of knowing if Kaepernick used the N-word. What we do know is that the NFL told officials to start throwing flags this season for racist remarks. More specifically, the league is trying to eliminate the use of the N-word on the field. If someone was flagged for using “inappropriate language,” that player in all likelihood said something racist.

The only possible way Kaepernick could be telling the truth is if Cheffers blamed him for a word another player said. That seems pretty unlikely.

[Also see: Steve Young cautions about Colin Kaepernick contract extension]

H/T Pro Football Talk

Colin Kaepernick flagged for using N-word? (Video)

Colin Kaepernick on Sunday may have become the first player in NFL history to be penalized for using the N-word.

After Kaepernick threw a crucial interception in the fourth quarter, the 49ers quarterback appeared to have some sort of verbal altercation with Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston. A flag came in late.

At first, an official stepped in and simply tried to separate Kaepernick and Houston. Then the flag came out, and Kaepernick received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for using “inappropriate language.” Cris Collinsworth reminded viewers that the NFL vowed to eliminate the use of certain words over the offseason. We know the N-word was one of them after the Richie Incognito bullying scandal.

Common sense would tell you that NFL officials aren’t going to flag a player for dropping the F-bomb or anything like that, otherwise the field would be littered with laundry. It’s probably safe to assume Kaepernick used some sort of racial slur. He also gave the Bears extra yardage, leading to a Chicago touchdown and a permanent lead change.


There were several players who were not in favor of the NFL banning the use of the N-word. Some even described it as a term of endearment, but the league obviously disagrees.

Video via Kissing Suzy Kolber

Colin Kaepernick: ‘A lot of times I X a girl out before I even talk to her’ (Video)

jim-harbaugh-colin-kaepernickColin Kaepernick had to have been the most interesting man on the red carpet at the ESPYs pre-party in Hollywood Tuesday night. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who was rocking an enormous gold chain, answered a number of entertaining questions from gossip reporters.

Kaepernick seemed uncomfortable when asked which female athlete he would like to see appear in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue, but he had no problem revealing that he was single and listing some of the important qualities he looks for in women.

“Obviously you have to be gorgeous,” Kaepernick said. “You’ve got to be physically attracted to someone. You have to be smart — someone I can actually talk to and have a conversation with. And someone I can have a good time with. I don’t want to sit and be bored, I want to have a good time.”

The reporter then asked Kaepernick about relationship deal-breakers.

“I think the biggest thing is just a girl’s attitude — the vibe she gives off, how she carries herself,” he said. “A lot of times I X a girl out before I even talk to her.”

Those are some pretty tough standards. People usually give women a chance to at least speak before crossing them off the list, but not Kaepernick. The 26-year-old also said “of course” when asked if he is single. So remember, ladies — if you’re looking to date Colin, try not to spoil it before you even get a chance to speak to him.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s Big Buzz

Colin Kaepernick shows off latest tattoo


If there’s one thing we know about Colin Kaepernick, it’s that he is a fan of tattoos.

They have been the source of outrage for some in the past, but it hasn’t stopped him from continuing to add more, like the update he did to his chest.

Last week, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback teased via his Instagram account that new ink was on the way. In his latest post we find out the near finished product.


Kaepernick added the following caption:

“Money is the root of all evil! Amazing work by @carlostorresart #WhatWouldYouDoForSomePaper #WhatAreYouReallyAbout”

Having recently signed a six-year contract extension, with $61 million guaranteed, Colin Kaepernick certainly knows a bit about having money. However much of it was used on this design was well spent because that’s high quality work, indeed.

Photos: Instagram/Kaepernick7

Colin Kaepernick wanted contract that would allow 49ers to extend other teammates

Colin-Kaepernick-flexingThe initial numbers for the Colin Kaepernick contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers were actually misleading, and therefore likely leaked by his agent. The real numbers, as reported by Pro Football Talk, indicate the deal is actually significantly more team-friendly than first reported.

PFT says Kaepernick’s contract calls for just over $13 million in guaranteed money, which is far less guaranteed up-front money than many other quarterbacks sign for. The deal also amounts to a bunch of one-year options for the team, where they have up until April 1 to decide if they want to pick up Kaepernick’s salary.

The salary amounts are:
2015 – $12.4 million
2016 – $13.9 million
2017 – $16.5 million
2018 – $17 million
2019 – $18.8 million
2020 – $21 million

Those are all very reasonable salary amounts, especially if you figure that the salary cap will increase at a fair rate over the next several years. Additionally, the amounts available can decrease by $2 million per season unless Kaepernick reaches a Super Bowl or is named All-Pro or second-team All-Pro. He only has to do that once to stop the de-escalator, and the earlier Kaepernick accomplishes either feat, the better chance he’ll have at realizing the full value of the contract. PFT has the full details on the de-escalator as they call it.

The deal is fine for Kaepernick because he has some guaranteed money in hand, but it’s great for the 49ers for a few reasons. One, they hold options on Kaepernick and can cut him loose after any season if they don’t like his development/performance. Two, the structure allows them the ability to fill out the rest of the roster well.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kaepernick wanted to structure his contract in a way that would allow the Niners the ability to extend his other teammates. For example, tight end Vernon Davis is talking about holding out because he wants more money, and wide receiver Michael Crabtree is likely seeking a big-money deal from the team.

“When signing this deal, Kaepernick specifically requested his deal allow the 49ers the flexibility to negotiate contract extensions with other players, such as wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who has one year left on his deal,” reported Schefter on SportsCenter.

“When signing, Kaepernick specifically asked, ‘So this structure gives us room to try extensions with my teammates, right?’ Once Kaepernick was told yes, he signed away …”

Now that they have Kaepernick’s contract out of the way, it will be extremely interesting to see what they do with their other players.

Steve Young on Colin Kaepernick extension: ‘He needs to develop still’

Steve YoungSteve Young is complimentary of Colin Kaepernick’s skills and abilities as a player, but he believes the young quarterback has a lot of developing to do, especially after receiving such a big contract extension from the San Francisco 49ers.

“This is a complete commitment, but I don’t know that they had a choice. He’s been so successful early. It’s quarterback-driven league,” Young said on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Wednesday in response to the 6-year, $126 million extension Kaepernick is receiving from the 49ers.

Young, who was known for being an excellent passer who also was a great scrambler, believes Kaepernick needs to transition into becoming a pocket passer.

“This is a big moment for the 49ers entering the future. I think the challenge is going to be how he develops and how do they use him,” said Young. “Because guys with legs, they have to transition. It’s not about the legs; it’s can you develop into that guy who can orchestrate from the pocket. If he’s going to be like that, he needs to develop still. And then you’re paying him $61 million guaranteed — you have to expect that that’s going to be the development that takes place.”

Though Young recognizes how great of a runner Kaepernick is and how effective it has been for him, he emphasized the importance of Kaep becoming a pure passer.

“That’s the thing — he’s so effective (as a runner). I didn’t run for 180 yards in a playoff game! The things he’s doing, you want to say ‘keep doing that!’ But I’m of the belief — and until I’m proven wrong I think it’s the truth — you have to win from the pocket. That’s the NFL truth. And people that try to bend that truth — Randall Cunningham, myself, others — you get straightened up to the truth. You have to deliver the ball out of the pocket effectively out of the huddle.”

Young continued to touch on those principles and emphasized that becoming a pocket passer is a “very difficult process” and that Kaepernick will have to be committed to it. He called it a long, boring challenge that a lot of guys are not willing to do.

He’s probably right, and I’m sure both Kaepernick and the 49ers believe the transition will take place. Many quarterbacks evolve into pocket passers because they realize you can’t scramble in the NFL without taking a beating. Kaep is a smart guy and will recognize that. But don’t get overly critical of him as a passer; he’s a good quarterback and is definitely a franchise QB. He’ll prove it. And he will eventually become more of a pocket passer, just as most good running quarterbacks become.