Days before former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wore a shirt depicting a meeting between Castro and civil rights leader Malcolm X with the words “Great minds think alike.” When asked about it in an interview, Kaepernick said that he was wearing a Malcolm X shirt. However, he went on to praise Castro, attracting criticism.
Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso, the son of a Cuban exile, said “there was some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick” while they played Sunday’s game. Though they did not speak while the game was in play, Alonso tackled Kaepernick, one of 12 tackles that allowed the Dolphins to win.
New York Mets outfielder and former University of Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, a guest for a Monday morning segment of “FOX & Friends,” offered up an observation:
I think it’s just unfortunate when you hurt someone’s feelings like that. I got the chance to play with Kiko, and he is a really good guy. It was fun to see him make some big plays in that game. For me, my goal has always been able to bring faith, hope, and love to people. Especially in their darkest hour of need. I think what we need right now is bringing people together in this country more than separating people.
Kaepernick was booed in Miami during the game. Miami is home to a large Cuban-American population.