Did the ghost of Fidel Castro have something to do with this? After Colin Kaepernick got in trouble for showing support for the controversial Cuban leader – mere days before Castro died — the San Francisco 49ers quarterback had one of his best games of the season!
How weird. During the Nov. 27 game between the 49ers and the Miami Dolphins, Colin, 29, completed 29 of his 46 throw attempts for 296 yards, according to Yahoo Sports. During the game, he threw three touchdowns (while tossing one interception.) Not just that – Colin rushed for 113 yards! While Colin threw for 398 yards against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 6, Colin’s rush and throwing yards in this game add up to 409. Wow.
Despite this effort by Colin, San Francisco lost the game, 31-24. This made Dolphins fans ecstatic. Not only were they overjoyed that their team another win, but they also wanted to see Colin pay for defending the Cuban leader, one widely considered to be a hideous, murderous dictator.
Here’s the spooky timeline. Armando Salguero, a Miami Herald reporter confronted Colin on Nov. 23, questioning the quarterback over a t-shirt he wore during an Aug. 2016 press conference. The shirt in question featured photographs of Malcolm X meeting with Fidel Castro, and Armando – who escaped “Cuba’s imprisonment” – wanted to know why Colin would wear something that celebrated the “tyrant?”
“I wore a Malcolm X shirt,” Colin replied, before saying he was a “believer in Malcolm X and his ideology…and what he believed in as far as fighting oppression.” Had Colin stopped talking then, there wouldn’t be another controversy. However, the man now known for kneeling during the national anthem said he approved of how Cuba “invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do [in the USA.]”
Sports fans and people who view Fidel as a brutal oppressor were furious at Colin’s words. Yet, their anger turned into fear when, two days after Colin gave props to him, Fidel died. Many fans suggested that Colin’s support was the last thing that finally pushed the 90-year-old over the edge.
Following the death of Castro and the defeat at the hands of the Dolphins, Colin attempted to clear up this latest controversy. “What I said was I agree with the investment in education,” Colin said during a post-game interview, per USA Today. “Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things he did is just not true. I said I support the investment in education, I never said I support the oppressive things he did.”
Do you think Colin is going to get in any more trouble this season, HollywoodLifers?