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GLENDALE, Arizona – An NFL official reportedly heard 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick use a racial slur that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and hefty fine last Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Kaepernick has denied saying anything to Bears defensive lineman Lamarr Houston. When asked after the game if he used a slur, Kaepernick said, “No.”
But the official who threw the flag, stated in his report to the league office that Kaepernick used the “N-word,” according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
Side judge Laird Hayes, who threw the flag, told CSN Bay Area’s Mindi Bach last week that he stood behind his decision to penalize Kaepernick for "inappropriate language."
“He knows what he said,” Hayes said. “It was the right call.”
Kaepernick was fined $11,025 by the NFL. He said he plans to appeal the fine.
Houston told the Chicago Tribune that he did not hear Kaepernick say anything. Houston patted Kaepernick on the chest after a fourth-quarter interception and said, “Nice pass.” Kaepernick immediately shoved Houston away.
Although Kaepernick claimed he did not say anything to Houston, replays on KPIX-TV clearly show that Kaepernick said something. But it’s not clear exactly what he said.
According to Rule 12, Section 3 of the NFL Rule Book, “abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures to opponents, teammates, officials or representatives of the League” fall under the label of unsportsmanlike conduct.