Colin Kaepernick claims he didn’t say anything to Lamarr Houston in Sunday’s game, but video of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback may prove otherwise.
This week the NFL fined Kaepernick $11,025 for reportedly using an obscenity while jawing with the Chicago Bears defensive lineman. The incident came after Kyle Fuller intercepted a pass intended for Michael Crabtree, and Kaepernick was jawing with Houston on the sidelines after the play.
Kaepernick said he planned to appeal the fine.
“The player that I supposedly said something to has been quoted saying I didn’t say anything,” Kaepernick said. “And I don’t know him, so it’s not like he would have a reason to just randomly stick up for me.”
But a video by taken KPIX on the sidelines appears to contradict Colin Kaepernick. The video showed Kaepernick turning toward Houston on the sidelines and saying some words to him.
It was a difficult game for Colin Kaepernick. Aside from drawing the 15-yard penalty for his words to Houston, he also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. The 49ers blew leads of 17-0 and 20-7, losing to the Bears.
When asked by reporters if he thought the rule barring obscenities on the field was fair, he responded with a laugh.
“I’m not speaking on that,” he said, “or I’ll get another fine.”
The NFL has instituted a rule against “the use of abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials, or representatives of the League.” Though officials have not specified what words are banned, they have there will be “zero tolerance” toward abusive language this year.
Kaepernick is the first player to be penalized for the rule, so many believe his appeal could be an important test case and lead to further clarification of the rule.
Colin Kaepernick maintains that he said nothing to Lamarr Houston.