A troubling week for the San Francisco 49ers began last Thursday as the Miami Police Department announced it was investigating quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a “suspicious incident” involving an unnamed woman the night of April 1. Also cited in the report were 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette.
The incident allegedly occurred at Lockette’s apartment in Miami. No charges have been filed against anyone involved in the incident and it is unclear if any crime was committed. TMZ originally reported that Kaepernick was being investigated for sexual assault, which is not true as of now.
New details on Monday clarified Lockette’s role in the incident. According to Andy Slater of 940-AM Miami, Lockette called 911 at 12:03 a.m. after arguing with the woman and asking her to leave, which she refused to do. Based on this information it doesn’t appear Lockette will be investigated much further, but there could be details that aren’t released yet.
Lockette was rarely used in the Seahawks’ offense in 2013 catching 5 passes for 82 yards. Where Lockette excelled was as a gunner on special teams, shinning in Seattle’s Week 17 win over the St. Louis Rams.
It may seem a little unexpected that Lockette befriended the most recognizable player of his team’s hated rival, but the two are close friends going back to Lockette’s time in San Francisco and workouts together during the offseason.
Nobody should pass judgment on any of those involved until more concrete details are released, and the 49ers, Seahawks or NFL are all unlikely to partake in any disciplinary measures until that time. Still, it’s only going to hurt Lockette to be involved to any extent in a police incident. His roster spot in 2014 is not guaranteed, and Pete Carroll will undoubtedly take a long look at Lockette’s role if any more details come out.
Seattle earned a bit of a reputation under Carroll for multiple offenses involving banned substances in the past two years. Marhsawn Lynch has also been involved in off-the-field controversy following a DUI arrest in July 2012. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of alcohol-related reckless driving on February 20 and is unlikely to face a suspension from the NFL.
The report indicated that Lockette was smoking marijuana, which could result in action from the NFL. Walter Thurmond was suspended for four games last year for reportedly testing positive for the banned substance.
Until more information about Lockette’s role in the incident is revealed, the Seahawks will just have to keep monitoring the situation.
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