Colin Kaepernick has been at the center of controversy since the start of the NFL season.
His protests of the national anthem infuriated fans and may have led to the decline in ratings.
But he may have wished he never voiced support for the now-deceased Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro.
Kaepernick – the failing quarterback for the woeful San Francisco 49ers – once again found himself in the center of the storm as his team prepared for a game in Miami against the Dolphins.
The rebel quarterback was questioned about how he could be so vocal about supposed oppression in the United States while wearing a t-shirt that prominently displayed Fidel Castro.
Kaepernick responded with praise for Castro by claiming he improved the country’s literacy rate – and falsely claiming the United States spends more on prisons than on education.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes:
“And that’s exactly the moment Kaepernick shows how lost he truly is. Because in the next breath, Kaepernick, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, explains to me, the guy born in Havana, how great Castro really is.
“One thing Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” Kaepernick said.”
Some quick facts.
The United States spent $80 billion on prisons in 2014, according to CBS news.
In 2013, $620 billion was spent on public education in the United States.
Blatant lying aside, Salguero also refers to Kaepernick as an “unrepentant hypocrite” for his support of a brutal dictator who imprisoned, tortured, and murdered political opponents, and oppressed the people he ruled over.
That wasn’t the worst of it for Kaepernick.
The 49ers game against the Dolphins was played just days after Castro died, causing many Cuban exiles in Miami to take to the streets in celebration.
Kaepernick was showered with boos by the Miami crowd when he took the field.
And one Dolphins player was inspired to play at a higher level because of the “bad blood” towards the pro-Castro Kaepernick.
Salguero wrote in his post-game wrap up that Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso – whose father was born in Cuba – and who tackled Kaepernick short of the goal line on the game’s final play as the quarterback was trying to score the tying touchdown – had intense feelings about the matchup:
“Yeah, it matters,” Kiko said of Kaepernick’s stance. “I didn’t read your article, to be honest. But I did see what happened. So, yeah, there were some feelings on my part.”
Alonso, his dad and I were standing outside the Dolphins locker room talking about this. And the linebacker showed that even though he didn’t suffer the trauma of leaving his home country to make a new life in this one, he still gets what Cubans think of Castro and Cuba and, generally, now Kaepernick.
“You two saw what happened in Cuba first-hand,” Alonso said to his father and me. “I didn’t. But I do have feelings about it. So there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick.”
Alonso finished this game with 12 tackles to lead the Dolphins. He intercepted a Kaepernick pass. He recovered a fumble. And he assisted Ndamukong Suh to bring down Kaepernick on the game’s final play.
So did he say anything to the San Francisco quarterback?
“No, I had nothing to say,” Alonso said. “Usually, I just try to play my game. But I did try to hit him.”
Alonso posted a picture of that game-ending hit on his Instagram account. One of the hashtags to the picture was #cubalibre.
A bad season for Kaepernick just got worse.
And many believe it is well deserved.