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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Kaepernick was met with boos in Miami because of his pro-Castro comments


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick got quite the greeting Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Although it likely wasn't the warm welcome he was hoping to receive. 

Fans booed Kaepernick as he took the field to go head to head against the Miami Dolphins, according to CNN

Miami is home to a large population of Cubans and many people were not happy to hear Kaepernick's favorable comments toward the now-deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro. 

Earlier this year, Kaepernick showed up to a news conference wearing a shirt that depicted a meeting between Castro and Malcolm X. 

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero asked the quarterback why he chose to wear a shirt with the Cuban dictator's image on it -- which many interpreted as a sign of support for Castro. 

According to Salguero, Kaepernick defended his decision to wear the shirt and went on to praise Castro for investing in education instead of a prison system. 

“One thing 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, which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” Kaepernick told the Miami Herald. 

He later backtracked slightly, noting that he supports what Castro did to invest in education, but did not support the "oppressive things he did."

Castro died just a week after Kaepernick's interview with Salguero. 

The quarterback also received a lot of criticism earlier this month after admitting he did not vote in the presidential election. 

"It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates," Kaepernick said after the first presidential debate. "Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who's less racist." 

Kaepernick later said it would have been "hypocritical" for him to vote. 

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