A Miami Dolphins cap has become the center of a controversy involving up-and-coming San Francisco 49ers’ star QB Colin Kaerpernick.
It all began on the Fourth of July when the new star QB was photographed partying shirtless — and sporting a white Miami Dolphins hat. The photo was first tweeted out by @DolFanBandits.
Some 49ers fans who saw it considered it disrespectful to see their quarterback giving props to a rival NFL team — and a social media outcry was born, which has picked up steam after the holiday weekend.
An unapologetic Kaepernick has already jumped in. In his Instagram account, he posted a photo of himself holding the Dolphins hat in question and mocking the brouhaha. He told fans to ... well, mind their own business:
This the hat y'all mad at? I'm goin wear what I want regardless of what you think, all you need to worry about is the fact that I grind for my teammates and the 49ers! I plan on doin this until they won't let me in the building! #ridiculous#y'allmustbebored
On Monday, the controversy was a hot topic on ESPN and sports talk radio.
“He should be loyal to the organization that pays his salary,” said Colin Cowherd on his show, The Herd.
On ESPN, commentator and former QB Ron Jaworski said: “This is something you don’t do as the leader of your team.”
On Twitter, many fans have come to Kaepernick’s defense, saying he can wear whatever he wants in the off-season.