Hours before Fidel Castro’s death, recent controversy had already arose regarding Castro’s life. During the week leading up to his game in Miami, San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick took questions from reporters who cover the Miami Dolphins. (It is NFL policy that one player from a team does a teleconference with media members that cover their upcoming opponent)
During the teleconference, Kaepernick was questioned by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald over his decision to wear a t-shirt with a picture of a meeting between Fidel Castro and Malcolm X in 1960 during a post-game press conference in August where Kaepernick first defended his decision to kneel during the national anthem. This led to many exchanges between Salguero and Kaepernick over the life of Castro. Salguero is a Cuban-American. When Kaepernick talked about how incarceration in America has broken many families, Salguero told him about how he fled Cuba with his parents as a child and was separated from his father when officials only let two family members leave. While Salguero acknowledged incarceration in America is an issue, he told Kaepernick that it is nowhere as serious of a issue as families being oppressed and divided by the Castro regime for decades.
Salguero dismissed many of Kaepernick’s praises of Castro by describing his real-life experiences with the regime and its horrors it has laid on Cubans. In his article, he emphasizes that he was not going to let a man from Wisconsin lecture a man from Havanna, Cuba on the Castro’s accomplishments.
You can read Saguaro’s article below.
H/T (Miami Herald)