NFL - Kaepernick speaks out after 'incident'

A round-up of the weekend’s NFL news, with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick landing in hot water over a “suspicious incident”.

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Kaepernick spoke publicly for the first time about what police called a "suspicious incident" involving a woman at a Miami apartment the night of April 1.

After Kaepernick and two other players were named in the police report, Kaepernick denied any wrongdoing through a series of tweets.

He spoke about the incident Friday in front of 900 people at the Turlock (Calif.) Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.

"It's been put out that I did something wrong," he said, according to the Modesto Bee. "Even though it's a bad circumstance, a bad situation, I feel like ultimately I've been blessed because it's changed my way of thinking. It's made me stronger. It's made me look at things differently."

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton were also named in the report, in which a woman ended up in a hospital the morning of April 2. Lockette had called 911 twice when the woman refused to leave his apartment, while hanging out with Kaepernick and Patton.

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The Minnesota Vikings did not exercise a fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder, according to reports.

Ponder, who is entering his fourth season, said this week the team will probably go with Matt Cassel as the starter. It is unlikely the team would pay a backup the $9.68 million option for 2015.

In three NFL seasons, Ponder has 38 touchdowns and 34 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes over 35 starts.

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Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly delivered an update of his cancer treatment on his Facebook account.

"Hello everyone. I'm just getting ready to go to my 19th treatment for radiation and I've already had two bouts of chemo. Keep those prayers coming, I sure need them. Without you I wouldn't be able to get through this. God bless you. Look forward to the Bills' draft on May 8th," he said in a 15-second video that was posted by his wife, Jill.

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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair called South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney "obviously the best player" as his team, which has the number one overall pick, prepares for this week's 2014 NFL Draft.

McNair's comments follow general manager Rick Smith's remarks last week that he knows exactly what he intends to do with the top pick when Houston is officially on the clock Thursday to open the draft in New York.

"Really at this point we don't know and we really won't know until right up at the time we have to make a decision because people are talking to us about the possibility of trading down and it's a question of what people offer, whether their offer is such that it's worthwhile to trade down," McNair told Fox 26 in Houston.

"You take a guy like Jadeveon Clowney. He's obviously the best player in the draft, but he's a defensive end. He's not a quarterback. If he's a quarterback and the best player it's easy, but that's not the case. So can that defensive player have a greater impact on the success of your team than one of these quarterbacks? It's not a sure thing that he is."

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New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick said that Geno Smith is the starter.

Vick, who signed with the Jets in March to compete for the starting job, made the comment in an interview with NJ.com.

"Geno's the starting quarterback for that football team," Vick said. "Ultimately our goal is to try to help Geno become the best quarterback that he can be."

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning visited New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium on Sunday morning.

Manning stood near the batting cage and spoke with Jeter while he took breaks from batting practice.

"I came to see Derek play," Manning said. "Derek and I have been friends - he's a couple years older than me, but we've been pretty much professionals at the same time. So I wanted to pay my respects and see him play for the last time."

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The Green Bay Packers are working on a contract extension for coach Mike McCarthy, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Team president Mark Murphy began working on the extension to keep McCarthy in Green Bay beyond 2015.

McCarthy, 50, is 82-45-1 in the regular season and 6-5 in the playoffs, including one Super Bowl title in eight seasons.

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