National anthem-protesting NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick praised Fidel Castro during a conference call with reporters last week in the run-up to Sunday’s game with the Miami Dolphins, but ended up paying for it on the playing field in a way he never expected.
The Cuban dictator died Friday. On Sunday, the 49ers quarterback was booed heartily by fans in the Cuban exile capital of Miami, according to the New York Daily News, and was stopped short on his final play of the game to preserve a 31-24 win for the Miami Dolphins. The man who stopped him? The son of a Cuban exile.
Get a clue, Colin: God is telling you that you’re wrong.
According to the Miami Herald, Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso — whose father Carlos Alonso fled the island nation — stopped Kaepernick short on Sunday.
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Armando Salguero, the Miami Herald writer and himself a Cuban exile who wrote a scathing opinion piece on Kaepernick in which he described the 49ers QB as an “unrepentant hypocrite” and a “fraud,” described “Alonso proudly putting on a headband that replicated the Cuban flag and meeting with his Cuban exile father and other family members to enjoy his enormously productive day.”
And it was productive: Alonso had 12 tackles and intercepted Kaepernick once.
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“Yeah, it matters,” Kiko Alonso told Salguero, about Kaepernick’s remarks regarding Castro. “I didn’t read your article, to be honest. But I did see what happened. So, yeah, there were some feelings on my part.”
“You two saw what happened in Cuba first-hand,” Alonso referring to his father and Salguero. “I didn’t. But I do have feelings about it. So there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick.”
Carlos Alonso was more scathing about Kaepernick’s Wednesday remarks.
“I got interviewed earlier about what I thought of him (Kaepernick), and I said it’s about immaturity,” the linebacker’s father said. “He doesn’t know about the suffering the Cuban people have had. He doesn’t have a clue … He still has no clue what a ruthless killer of the Cuban people this guy (Castro) was.”
Kaepernick’s remarks about Castro were the latest in a series of controversies for the 49ers QB, who began sitting out the national anthem during the preseason in August.
“One thing that 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 told reporters.
His comments after the game proved that he still didn’t get it, pushing boilerplate fictions about the Castro regime while refusing to back away from his non-condemnation of the late Cuban leader.
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“What I said was I agree with the investment in education. I also agree with the investment in free universal healthcare, as well as the involvement in (Castro) helping end apartheid in South Africa,” Kaepernick said.
“I would hope 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.”
In other words, America has done so much to Kaepernick that he feels the need to condemn it at every possible opportunity. Fidel Castro, however, wasn’t oppressive enough for him to issue a blanket, unqualified condemnation of the Cuban ruler — or really, any condemnation at all.
That should tell you all you need to know about the man.
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