Colin Kaepernick (pictured), quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who was fined more than $11,000 last week for allegedly spewing the N-word after exchanging words with Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston during the fourth quarter of a game, denies the allegations, according to Fox Sports.
The inappropriate language fine that was levied against Kaepernick was categorized as unsportsmanlike, and the 24-year-old, whose Mother is White and Father is African-American, is reportedly upset about the penalty and will allegedly appeal it.
Still, NFL officials maintain that the young player was reportedly overheard using the N-word by the refs on the field, after he threw an interception that set up a Bears’ touchdown.
Kaepernick denies uttering the racial slur, insisting that when he and Houston went at it on the field, he never dragged race in to their heated altercation. Ironically, Houston, who was even shoved by Kaepernick after the play, is backing Kaepernick all the way, claiming the gridiron player in no way offended him or used the N-word at any time.
“It will be appealed,” Kaepernick told Fox Sports. “I didn’t say anything. Lamarr Houston said I didn’t say anything. We’re going to leave it at that.”
Kaepernck feels that since Houston is supporting his denial of the N–word, he might have a chance at winning his appeal. “The player that I supposedly said something to has been quoted saying that I didn’t say anything, and I don’t know him, so it’s not like he would have a reason to just randomly stick up for me,” Kaepernick told Fox sports.
The latest issue involving Kaepernick comes on the heels of an announcement that was made months ago by the NFL, stating it was re-evaluating its rules of conduct. The organization is outlining a new “zero-tolerance” policy for badmouthing, verbal abuse, and racial and homophobic slurs from players and coaches on the field, in the locker room, and in other NFL facilities.