Everyone figured it was going to happen, and on Sunday afternoon all of the speculation was proven to be true.
Last week, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald published a column detailing his exchange with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick over a Malcolm X-Fidel Castro t-shirt that he wore months ago when he first began his protest against racial inequality and suppression in the country.
Salguero continuously pressed Kaepernick about the shirt, while the 49ers signal-caller said repeatedly it was about the symbolism of the meeting between the two figures which took place in New York years ago.
Kaepernick said the shirt wasn’t about Castro, but Salguero continued to press and Kaepernick eventually paid a compliment to the dictator.
Kaepernick said the shirt was sending the message of having an “open mind to be willing to hear different aspects of people’s views and ultimately being able to create his own views as far as the best way to approach different situations, different cultures.”
He then added, “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.”
Those comments led to plenty of criticism from the Cuban community in Miami and on Sunday that led to a boos pouring from the crowd as Kaepernick took the field.
Castro died over the weekend and the Cuban community in Miami celebrated throughout the streets.
It’s no surprise the boos came from the crowd on Sunday and we should expect them to continue all afternoon.
San Francisco currently leads Miami, 7-0, at the end of the first quarter.