SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The NFL has reduced Colin Kaepernick's fine for using "inappropriate language" after it was deemed the there was no evidence fourth-year quarterback used a racial slur, as first reported by the NFL Network.
Kaepernick had been fined $11,025 by the league under a new policy implemented this season focusing on players' use of racial slurs on the field. He has maintained that he didn't say anything to warrant a flag or fine, but did admit a week later, "I talk on the football field, yes I do."
Kaepernick's fine has been cut in half, according to the report. The incident in question came in the second half of the loss to the Bears when defensive lineman Lamarr Houston approached Kaepernick and said something following an interception. Video shows Kaepernick saying something in response to Houston.
The news comes a week after Kaepernick was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones in a post-game press conference following the 49ers win over the Chiefs. Kaepernick is also appealing that fine, and wore the same headphones after Monday's 31-17 win over the Rams, although the logo was covered up with tape.
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