Dolphins Player Who Stopped Kaepernick On Final Play Is Son Of Cuban Exiles
For those who believe in such things, the final on-field meeting on Sunday between 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso may have been fate. Alonso, you see, is the son of a Cuban immigrant who almost didn't get to escape that country and join his family, who were allowed to leave.
Alonso, who grew up and Puerto Rico and then in Massachusetts, said on Sunday following the Dolphins' 31-24 win that there is "bad blood" between himself and Kaepernick. That's due to Kaepernick's choice to wear a Fidel Castro t-shirt last week.
“Just the fact that he wore a shirt that he wore, I think that’s a little ignorant, so there was a little bad blood there,” Alonso told the Dan Le Batard Show on Monday, referring to a shirt Kaepernick wore in August portraying the longtime Cuban leader/dictator.
So was it irony, fate or just coincidence that it was Alonso (along with Ndamukong Suh) who stopped Kaepernick at the 2-yard-line on the final play of the game on Sunday? Had Kaepernick scored on his scramble, and the 49ers converted the extra point, the game would have gone to overtime.
Alonso said he did not speak directly to Kaepernick about the situation.
“No, I had nothing to say,” Alonso told the Miami Herald. “Usually, I just try to play my game. But I did try to hit him.”
After Sunday's game, Kaepernick walked back his statements from last week (a bit), when he praised Castro for the good he did in Cuba.
"I never said I support the oppressive things [Castro] did,” Kaepernick said unday. When asked by Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero if he supported Castro, Kaepernick refused to answer.
Of course the quarterback was out of his element, debating the Castro regime in Miami with people who were directly affected by it. Kaepernick grew up in California. But instead of ending the discussion with a simple "I may have been wrong," he dug in and offered another lame explanation.
I'm beginning to think that Kaepernick didn't major in history or political science in college.
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