Kaepernick Defends His Castro Comments

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has always been one to speak out against injustices, and when he made a few comments about Fidel Castro his words seemed to be taken out of context.

After finding out that Castro had past away this weekend, Kaepernick opened up about the leader and spoke nicely about things Castro had done for Cuba. Such as education and healthcare for Cuban residents. While speaking on this Kaepernick also mentioned the U.S. prison system and how corrupt it is. He told the Miami Herald that:

“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.”

Many people took his comments the wrong way of course and labeled him a Castro supporter. Kaepernick is back to defend his comments saying:

“What I said was that I agree with the investment in education. 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.”

Kaepernick ended his speech by saying that even though he did praise the leader for some of his views, he did not agree with everything Castro did:

“Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did, it’s just not true.”