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Colin Kaepernick Faces Backlash For Fidel Castro Remarks

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NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests have earned him both negative and positive attention.

Since he first took a knee while the national anthem played during one of his games, Colin has been regarded as a hero—or a loser depending on who you are talking to. Most recently, sports commentator Stephen Smith blasted the athlete for not voting during the 2016 presidential election.

Now, the 49er is facing backlash for his comments on Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, after he wore a shirt with his face on it during a news conference back in August, according to USA Today.

In the wake of Castro’s death, when Kaepernick took the field in Miami on Sunday night for his game against the Dolphins, he was booed by the crowed.

A reporter for the Miami Herald pressed Kaepernick over his support of the polarizing political figure.

“What I said was 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 helping end apartheid in South Africa.”

“Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things he [Castro] did is just not true,” Kaepernick said. “I said I support the investment in education, I never said I support the oppressive things he [Castro] did.”

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