San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke publicly for the first time Friday 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.
Kaepernick spoke about the incident Friday morning 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.
Kaepernick said at the breakfast that he appreciated the crowd's support.
"Even this morning, this is a blessing," he said. "It makes me very happy to know that people are staying behind me the way they have."