Off the Record (OTR)

Kaepernick talks Castro

You may or may not have noticed that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to share his thoughts on a multitude of subjects after deciding that he’s going to sit for the National Anthem before every game. Whether you agree with him or not, it’s a great country that we live in that allows him to protest like this and not be treated as an enemy of the state.

So, people were listening on a conference call before the 49ers loss to the Miami Dolphins when he was asked about former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (it was actually before he died. I pray that no one asks him about me next week).

“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.

I’m not so sure they have the highest literacy rate, but fine. I’d agree we should invest more in education and less on imprisoning people, but that’s neither here nor there.

What is here and there, is the fact that people got pissed off about it as it came off as though he was defending Castro. Following his valiant yet too-little-too-late comeback effort against the Dolphins on Sunday in a 31-24 loss, he was asked to clarify his Castro comments.

“Yes, it was completely out of context. Once again, what I said was I support the investment in education. I’ve never said that I support the oppressive things that he did,” Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick stopped short of saying it was all a big “Three’s Company” episode-style misunderstanding.

“What I said was that I agree with the investment in education,” Kaepernick said. “I also agree with the investment in free universal health care. As well as the involvement in him helping end apartheid in South Africa. I would hope that everybody agrees that those things are good things. Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did, it’s just not true.”

Regardless, I think people are going to grow tired of hearing Kaepernick’s political views whether they agree or disagree. While he played pretty well today, he’s been lousy for the last several seasons. I guarantee you if he returns to 2012 form, people will care a lot more about what he has to say. Or at least they’ll pretend to.

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