The citizens of Miami voiced their displeasure with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick Sunday.
Kaepernick got into a heated discussion with Miami reporters in the week before his team’s game against the Miami Dolphins, the subject Fidel Castro. He praised Castro, especially for the leader’s work in literacy and other areas. The controversial, oppressive dictator passed away days later.
Miami, where many of the oppressed fled, came out in droves to celebrate Castro’s death. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, to see Kaepernick booed like never before when entering the game Sunday:
NBC Bay Area caught the original interaction between Kaepernick and reporters asking about a shirt he wore depicting Castro and Malcolm X:
The reporter, from a family of Cuban exiles, then accused Kaepernick of diverting the conversation because it was “uncomfortable” to talk about perceived support of Castro. At that point, Kaepernick said, “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.
This is merely the latest in a long line of controversy surrounding the 49ers’ quarterback. He was the first to kneel and protest the national anthem this year, yet received plenty of criticism when he later revealed he didn’t vote in the presidential election.
Kaepernick responded to the boos with a touchdown drive, but he won’t have a game to hide behind once off the field. His latest dive into the political won’t go away anytime soon.