Monday September 22nd, 2014

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has denied a report that he used a racial slur in a 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sept. 14.

The NFL fined Kaepernick more than $11,000 last week for inappropriate language after the quarterback was seen exchanging words with Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston in the fourth quarter. Kaepernick, who has said he will appeal the fine, was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that referees provided clarification on which slur Kapernick used.

From The Sacramento Bee:

“I didn’t say anything racially derogatory to Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston," Kaepernick said.

Houston told the Chicago Tribune last week that he doesn't remember Kaepernick using a slur but that he said something to Kaepernick after the quarterback was intercepted by rookie Kyle Fuller. “I said, ‘Nice pass,’ ” Houston said.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he didn't hear Kaepernick say anything. "Colin says he didn't say anything, this person says what they say and somebody else heard something else," Harbaugh said, according to Fox Sports. "I don't have a stance. You can only imagine. I don't have a stance because I don't know, I didn't hear it. Colin's always been truthful 100 percent of the time."

 
- Chris Johnson

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