It didn’t take long for Colin Kaepernick to confirm that Miami is hostile ground for the lightning-rod 49ers quarterback.
Dolphins fans unloaded a wave of boos as Kaepernick took the field for San Francisco’s first offensive drive Sunday.
The loud jeers came after Kaepernick, speaking to Miami reporters on Wednesday, defended his decision to wear a T-shirt depicting Malcolm X with the recently deceased Fidel Castro in August.
In the conference call, which took place before Castro’s death on Friday, Kaepernick also praised the late Cuban dictator for his work in regards to the communist nation’s education system.
Dolphins fans let Colin Kaepernick have it on Sunday.
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“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.
The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, who like many local residents was born in Cuba, wrote in a widely-read column published Friday about the tense, three-minute exchange he had with Kaepernick on Wednesday. Salguero strongly criticized the American national anthem protester for being an “unrepentant hypocrite” and a “fraud.”
Kaepernick began sitting during the pre-game playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in August, then switched to taking a knee in protest of what he says is widespread oppression of minorities in the U.S.
Following the Niners’ 31-24 loss to the Dolphins, Kaepernick, who was dressed in another shirt featuring Malcolm X (not including Castro) at his press conference, said that his previous comments were taken out of context.
“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,” he 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.”
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