SANTA CLARA -- Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith came to the 49ers together in the same 2011 draft class. Last week, the 49ers released Smith after Santa Clara Police arrested him for DUI, hit and run, and vandalism, stemming from an incident in the parking garage at his apartment complex.
“It’s really tragic and I wish him the best,” Kaepernick said. “I hope he’s doing well. I hope everything turns out all right for him and he can get back on track. The biggest thing is, I know this team misses him and misses his presence here.
“I was good friends with Aldon,” Kaepernick said. “He had just come to my golf tournament for Camp Taylor this past June to show support and help the kids.”
After Smith’s arrest, internet sites MediaTakeOut.com and TMZ.com reported rumors that Smith and Kaepernick had gotten into an altercation on the practice field on Thursday and, later, Smith crashed his vehicle into Kaepernick’s Mercedes.
No mainstream media outlets corroborated the story. (TMZ later changed the report to reflect the alleged fight took place on Tuesday.)
“If I was a reporter, I’d go about things logically,” Kaepernick said. “I’d realize I have a deal with Jaguar. I’ve had it for a few years now. So I wouldn’t be driving a Mercedes. I’d also realize we didn’t have practice on Thursday, so no one was at the facility.
“Along those lines, anyone that believes that and goes about that reporting that is just doesn’t have the best integrity, in my mind. To try to prey on athletes’ livelihoods while one is going through a tough time is embarrassing to me.
"For people who do report that and put that out there and jumped on that bandwagon just to get internet clicks and attention to their website or reports, it really is embarrassing that people do that.”