After finding "no evidence" that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick used a racial slur during San Francisco's home opener against the Bears on September 14, the league decided to reduce his fine by half.
Kaepernick had appealed the $11,025 fine after denying he said anything racially derogatory to Bears DE Lamarr Houston. Houston initially claimed he didn't hear anything, supporting Kaepernick's version of events, but later told the Chicago Tribune that "[Kaepernick] was just saying inappropriate language,".
The league found that Kaepernick had used inappropriate language, which was why his fine wasn't dropped entirely, but the lack of a racial element led to the fine reduction.
Kaepernick was also fined $10,000 for wearing his Beats By Dre headphones before games earlier in the season (the league has an exclusive sponsorship deal with Bose, a primary competitor), and responded by taping over the Beats logo during press conferences this past weekend.
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