911 tapes released in investigation involving 49ers' Kaepernick
Police released tape of the two April 1 calls on Tuesday, a week later than expected and without identifying the men who made the calls. The calls last a combined 3 minutes and 16 seconds.
In the first minute and 44 second call, a man who identifies himself as hotel security says he’s calling because a woman in the hotel room won’t leave.
“She said her name was Jesus, and she don’t have no clothes on,” the man tells the 911 operator. At one point, he said, she screamed and began to cry.
When the operator asks who the woman is visiting, the guard responds, “She’s visiting this gentleman here.” The guard says the woman isn’t violent.
The second call, which lasts one minute and 32 seconds, involves another unidentified male who wants police to come because, he says, a woman is lying in bed “and she’s not leaving” until a friend of his shows up — who the woman is demanding to see.
“There’s a young lady in my friend’s bed,” the caller says. “She says she’s not leaving until she sees him.”
The man goes on to say he’s not sure of the woman’s name. When the 911 operator repeats that the woman is fully naked in the bed, the man says of his friend, “No, no, he’s not her boyfriend. He’s someone she wants to sleep with.”
The tapes are important because on April 3, two days after the phone calls, a woman police have not identified showed up at Miami police headquarters saying she was partying with Kaepernick, his teammate Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks wideout Ricardo Lockette on April 1, and that she passed out and has no recollection of anything else until waking up the next day in the hospital.
Police, who don’t believe Kaepernick was present when they arrived that evening, are looking into what went on after the woman claimed she did shots and bong hits with the three men in room 4710 before Kaepernick escorted her to the bedroom, where she undressed.
She said at one point Kaepernick was kissing her then left the bedroom. She recalls Patton and Lockette peeking into the room, and her screaming for them to get away. She passed out and recalls nothing more until waking up in the hospital, she told police. The woman said she’s had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past, though they didn’t have sex during the night in question.
Police continue to wait on surveillance tape from the Viceroy that might clear up whether Kaepernick was there, and if so, what time he came and went. The woman also underwent a rape test. Those results have not been made public. Miami police are expected to meet with attorneys representing the football players in coming weeks.
The Sacramento Bee reported that Lockette called 911 twice on his cellphone the evening of the incident, telling police that a naked woman was on a bed in Kaepernick’s room and refused to leave.
Kaepernick, the tattooed dynamic 49ers quarterback, has said little about the incident other than lashing out at TMZ — which first reported the woman’s police visit — and other media on Twitter, saying he’s done nothing wrong.
Last week during a prayer breakfast in his hometown of Turlock, Calif., Kaepernick opened up a bit more, saying, “Even though it’s a bad circumstance, a bad situation, I feel like ultimately I’ve been blessed because it’s changed my way of thinking. It’s made me stronger. It’s made me look at things differently,” ESPN reported.
His coach Jim Harbaugh defended Kaepernick last week, calling the situation a “jump-the-gun, witch-hunt scenario.”
“I’ve seen one side reported. I’ve heard the other side and feel very good there’ll be a good resolution, and hopefully a just one, too,” Harbaugh told ESPN. “I hate to see his reputation be the victim.”
No charges have been filed, but an incident report taken when the woman went to police on April 3 shows the case is being investigated by the department’s Special Victims Unit, which looks into sex crimes.
Miami police intend to turn over all evidence to state prosecutors, who will decide whether or not to move forward on the case.
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