Friday, September 17, 2021

Colin Kaepernick Booed in Miami Over Fidel Castro Comments

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

*Miami Dolphins fans let San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have it as he took the field on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

While Kaep is already used to being booed over his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of U.S. racism, Miami is home to a large community of Cuban exiles – who took issue with his comments regarding the death of a man they consider a brutal oppressor, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

In August, he appeared at a news conference wearing a T-shirt depicting a meeting between Castro and Malcolm X.

At a press conference, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick wore a T-shirt bearing photos of Malcolm X and communist dictator Fidel Castro.
At a press conference, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick wore a T-shirt bearing photos of Malcolm X and communist dictator Fidel Castro.

During an interview with Miami reporters on Wednesday, Kaepernick defended his choice to wear the T-shirt, according to Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero’s personal account.

Over a teleconference call, Kaepernick reportedly praised Castro for investing in Cuba’s education system, as opposed to the American investment in the prison system, according to Salguero.

He expounded on the remarks after the Dolphins’ 31-24 victory, saying his words were taken out of context.

“I agree with the investment in education. I also agree with the investment in free universal health care as well as the involvement in helping end apartheid in South Africa,” Kaepernick said.

“I would hope that everybody agrees those things are good things. And trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did is just not true.”

The 49ers’ defeat on Sunday was the 10th consecutive loss for the team, the worst losing streak in its history.

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