Recently, Colin Kaepernick has generated a whole new wave of controversy, this time over his supposed support of Fidel Castro after he made some remarks that many people saw as supporting the late Cuban dictator.
Since he has faced significant backlash over the comments, Kaepernick clarified his remarks during a press conference on Sunday after he was booed during a game against the Miami Dolphins.
“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.”
On Wednesday, Kaepernick had been asked about a tee shirt he wore with Castro’s likeness on it, and he responded by saying, “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.”
The remarks sparked significant backlash from fans, especially as his team was playing in Miami, where there is a high concentration of Cuban-Americans.