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Published On: Tue, Oct 25th, 2016

Colin Kaepernick angers more fans, riles more critics with his Black Panther Party shirt

After his team’s 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sided more with anti-police, anti-America protest groups by wearing a Black Panther Party T-shirt to his post-game press conference.

Kaepernick’s girlfriend is Nessa Diab, a radio and television personality, reportedly gave the player the shirt as a gift and is credited with Kaepernick’s recent foray into social activism, as Diab promotes Black Lives Matter propaganda and decries supposed “Islamophobia” that occurs in society.

photo/ twitter

photo/ twitter

The story landed with Weasel Zippers published a tweet and photo from Cam Inman.

#49ers Colin Kaepernick wore a Black Panther Party T-shirt postgame (a gift from his girlfriend according to @ElliottAlmond) pic.twitter.com/yLuthEqLjO

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 24, 2016

The quarterback made it into the headlines by kneeling during the National Anthem and now emerged from the locker room for his post-game presser adorned in Black Panther garb.

“To pay homage,” Kaepernick answered when asked at the time about wearing the Muhammad Ali shirt last week after a loss to the Buffalo Bills. “He fought a very similar fight and was trying to do what’s right for the people. And for me to be able to have someone like that come before me is huge.”

The NFL football ratings have dropped during this season and a recent Yahoo Sports and YouGov poll found that 40 percent of NFL fans said they are watching less football because players are following Kaepernick’s lead and taking a knee during the pre-game rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

When asked about the NFL’s ratings decline and whether he feels his actions have been a cause of it, Kaepernick sounded incredulous: “I don’t know much about ratings and how they are affected and all of those things, but I don’t understand why ratings would go down, fighting for justice for people, to try to stop oppression, especially in a league that is predominantly black.”

Expect this to fuel more criticism and attacks for hypocrisy since Kaepernick’s parents (White woman and black man) abandoned him and he was adopted by white parents in Wisconsin. Kaepernick signed a 6-year contract with the 49ers in 2015 for $114 million. He has also been paid millions of additional dollars through endorsement deals.

 

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