Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso had a parting gift for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after their teams faced off this weekend in Miami.
Alonso, who is Cuban-American, used the late-game tackle to not only prevent the 49ers from a possible comeback, but to send a message to the Niners quarterback, who, a few days prior, made comments about Fidel Castro.
When the game was over, Alonso posted a photo to social media with the caption: “Vamos Coño !!!! ???? #finsup #miamidolphins #cubalibre”
So what led to the late-game drama between the two?
Before the 49ers-Dolphins game — days before Fidel Castro’s death — Kaepernick wore a T-shirt featuring Malcolm X and Fidel Castro. When questioned about the shirt by reporters, Kaepernick said he wore it because he respected Malcolm X’s desire to learn about other perspectives, not because he supported Castro.
According to the Miami Herald, the 49ers quarterback then commented, “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.”
After the game, Alonso admitted there was some “bad blood” between he and Kaepernick.
Kaepernick later said he was not implying full support for Castro. He told ESPN: “What I said was I agree with the investment in education. I also agree with the investment in free universal healthcare as well as the involvement in him helping end apartheid in South Africa. I would hope that everybody agrees those things are good things. And trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did is just not true.”