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Lowell Cohn: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick response to Miami incident falls short (w/video)

  • Colin Kaepernick runs to midfield after the 49ers beat the Carolina Panthers 23-10 in Charlotte, Sunday Jan. 12, 2014. (PD FILE, 2014)

If the 49ers were a movie, their offseason would be titled "Niners Gone Wild."

No need to catalog all the wildness. Better to focus on the leading character in the movie. Colin Kaepernick. Quarterback. Face of the franchise.

It's not the intention of this column to discuss his legal issues -- if there even are legal issues. So much is vague and unrevealed. To come out against Kaepernick or against the woman in the hotel drama would be irresponsible and unfair to Kaepernick, to the woman and to the legal process.

None of that here.

But a serious point requires discussion -- how Kaepernick presents himself, specifically how he chose to present himself to the public in the aftermath of what happened in that Miami hotel suite.

The guy actually tweeted.


Yes, really. He wrote three tweets. The word "tweet" itself is trivial. The entire concept of tweeting is shallow -- 140 characters for an entire thought. Downright irresponsible in this instance.

Here are Kaepernick's three tweets combined as one for concision:

"The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong. They made things up about me that never happened. I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up. I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced."

Let's analyze the tweet matter slowly, methodically as though we were in an English class dissecting a poem. Kaepernick's tweets are hardly poems, but let's assume he wants us to take his words seriously.

The entire tweet thing is about him. At no time does he express the least particle of concern for the young woman in question, a woman who apparently woke up in a hospital alone and disoriented, with no knowledge of where she was or how she got there.

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