After Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso ended Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers by helping Ndamukong Suh bring down Colin Kaepernick, he stated that he and Kaepernick shared some “bad blood.”
Just days earlier, Kaepernick was pressed about a T-shirt he wore back in August, which featured Malcolm X and Fidel Castro. When a Miami Herald reporter asked the quarterback — who has made headlines recently for protesting police brutality and oppression by taking a knee during the national anthem — why he would wear a shirt with an oppressor’s face on it, Kaepernick defended Castro’s reign in Cuba.
“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 with him in helping end apartheid in South Africa. I would hope that everyone believes those things are good things. Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did is just not true.”
Hours later, it was announced that Castro had passed away. Kaepernick’s comments didn’t sit well with second-generation Cuban-American Alonso — or the crowd in Miami that booed him — and it showed on the field.
“I didn’t [see what happened in Cuba first-hand],” Alonso said after the game. “But I do have feelings about it. So there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick.”
While he didn’t speak to Kaepernick on the matter, Alonso said he did “try to hit him.” He also posted a picture of the game-ending play on his Instagram account and used the hashtag #cubalibre (free Cuba) in the caption.
“He doesn’t know about the suffering the Cuban people have had. He doesn’t have a clue,” Alonso’s father Carlos said of Kaepernick during an interview. “He still has no clue what a ruthless killer of the Cuban people this guy [Castro] was.”