Colin Kaepernick fined $11K by NFL

ByPaul Gutierrez ESPN logo
Thursday, September 18, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick maintained his stance Wednesday that he "didn't say anything" to warrant an unsportsmanlike penalty for inappropriate language in Sunday night's 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Kaepernick was fined $11,025 for the penalty.

"It will be appealed," he said, adding that what he supposedly said was not identified in the letter explaining his fine.

It was early in the fourth quarter when Kaepernick tried to hit Michael Crabtree with a pass on the left that Bears rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller stepped in front of to pick off the ball. As the play died down, Kaepernick and defensive lineman Lamarr Houston began jawing at each other on the sideline, and a yellow flag came flying.

"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."

Kaepernick threw three interceptions in the game and also lost a fumble as the Bears rallied from deficits of 17-0 and 20-7 to win.

Asked if he thought the rule was over the top, Kaepernick laughed.

"I'm not speaking on that," he said, "or I'll get another fine."

Coach Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, said he did not have a "stance" on the matter.

"Because I don't know," he said. "I didn't hear it. But Colin's always been truthful 100 percent of the time."

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