San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton is listed as a suspect in a Miami police incident report about a potential sexual assault. Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette are also listed as suspects.
Here’s what you need to know about Patton:
1. Patton Was a Rookie Last Year
Patton, who played at Louisiana Tech, was taken by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He missed most of the season with a foot fracture, but had a key 29-yard reception (pictured above) in the team’s regular season finale against the division rival Arizona Cardinals.
(Watch video of the acrobatic catch here.)
2. Patton and Lockette Were the Last People the Woman Remembers Seeing
According to the police incident report, the victim was lying naked in a bedroom inside Lockette’s apartment, kissing Kaepernick before Keapernick left the room. The incident report describes Patton and Lockette’s involvement as follows:
3. Patton Was in Miami Partying with Kaepernick
Patton is in the far left of the Instagram photo above, which was taken on the pool deck of the Miami Viceroy hotel, which is adjacent to Lockette’s apartment.
Barrows reports that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and fellow Niners wide receiver Michael Crabtree are also expected to attend the event.
Crabtree himself was interviewed in connection with a sexual assault last January, but no charges were filed in the case.
4. Patton Played a Small Role in Helping the Niners Get to the NFC Championship game
In addition to the sideline catch he made during the regular season finale, Patton caught a 23-yard pass from Kaepernick in the divisional playoff against the Carolina Panthers for the game’s first first down. (Patton and Kaepernick are pictured above, celebrating a Niners touchdown later in the game.)
The Niners won, advancing to the NFC Championship Game before losing to the Seattle Seahawks.
5. He Was a Star at Louisiana Tech
Patton was born in Nashville and attended Stratford High School and La Vergne High School before enrolling at Coffeyvilole Community College. He later transferred to Louisiana Tech, where he had more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of his two seasons.
He was named first-team all-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in each of his two seasons, and despite his short tenure, finished his career ranked seventh in school history in receptions and receiving yards.