NFL News: Colin Kaepernick opens up on Fidel Castro statement

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Colin Kaepernick opinion, Stephen A. Smith

Colin Kepernick, San Fancisco 49ers quarterback opened up over the remarks he made about Fidel Castro. Kaepernick praised Castro for investing more in his country’s education system than in prisons as compared to the United States of America (USA).

The 29-year-old caused a firestorm with Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero a week ago regarding why he wore a shirt featuring Castro’s image during a news conference in August. In the postgame press conference of 49ers 31-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick was asked about his remarks.

“What I said was I agree with the investment in education. I also agree with the investment in free universal health care, as well as the involvement in helping end apartheid in South Africa.” Kaepernick said, as reported by USA TODAY.

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The 29-year-old mentioned that people misinterpreted his comments. The man from Milwaukee, Wisconsin stressed on the fact that he is not a supporter of Castro’s oppression. He just supports the investment the man has made in education.

“Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things he [Castro] did is just not true” the 6-ft-4 QB said, according to The Washington Post.

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Herald quoted Kaepernick stating that Castro helped create the “highest literacy rate because they invest more in their educational system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here [United States] even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”

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Kaepernick booed by Dophins’ fans in Miami

Kaepernick and Salguero had their exchange on Wenesday, last week. Castro died on Friday and 49ers took on the Dolphins on Sunday. The emotions were running high for the Miami fans, which has a very large Cuban population.

The 49ers QB was booed heavily in Miami. His reception was extremely negative at the Dolphins’ stadium.

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