San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has had his fine for “inappropriate language” reduced after an arbiter found no evidence the Turlock native said a racial slur, reports CSN Bay Area.
Kaepernick was originally fined $11,025 for allegedly saying a racial slur toward Chicago Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston after throwing an interception.
Houston originally said that Kap did not say anything, but later recanted after being hit with the same penalty the next week.
Kaepernick appealed the fine, and an arbiter ruled that there was no evidence that a racial slur was said by the signal-caller.
Despite the ruling, Kap’s fine was not dropped, only reduced to $5,512.
“I think it should have all been gone,” said Kaepernick on Wednesday. “If you’re going to say I used a racial slur and come back say I didn’t say, then I don’t know what I’m being fined for.”
George Atallah, assistant executive director of external affairs for the NFLPA, the NFL player’s union, shared his own disappointment that the fine was not dropped.
“Our union is disappointed that the fine of (Kaepernick) was not eliminated given the finding there was no racial slur used,” Atallah wrote on Twitter.
Kaepernick has also appealed a $10,000 fine for wearing Beats by Dre headphones during a postgame press conference on Oct. 5. He was fined per a new rule that NFL players are not allowed to wear headphones not produced by Bose, who has an exclusive deal with the NFL.
He wore the headphones again following Monday night’s victory over the St. Louis Rams — this time covering the logos with tape.
Kap has “not yet” being fined for wearing the headphones Monday.