For the second time this week, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick addressed a Fidel Castro t-shirt that he wore back in August.
During Sunday’s game in Miami against the Dolphins, just two days after Castro’s death, Kaepernick was booed by the crowd. Afterward, he was asked about a back-and-forth he had with a reporter on Friday, in which he said he supported Castro’s focus on education.
“What I said was I agree in the investment in education. I also agree in the investment of free universal healthcare,” Castro told reporters. “Trying to push the narrative that I was supportive of the oppressive things he did is not true.”
He added that anyone who claimed he supported oppression was taking his comments out of context.
On Friday, the quarterback said that Cuba had a high literacy rate under Castro, and that the United States is “fully capable” of putting more money into education than its prison system.
Kaepernick has emerged as one of the most outspoken athletes in sports after he decided to take a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to raise awareness of racial injustice in America. Kaepernick recently came under fire after it was revealed that he did not vote in the 2016 Presidential Election.