UFC fighters are generally known for delivering hits and knockout punches in the octagon but on occasion, they do the same outside the ring. In this case, UFC Welterweight star Jorge Masvidal, who is of Cuban descent, had a few choice verbal blows for the former NFL quarterback.
From the Daily Wire…
UFC Welterweight star Jorge Masvidal may have lost his last fight in the Octagon, but the fighting spirit is alive and well.
On Friday, Masvidal called former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick a “coward” over Kaepernick’s wearing of a Fidel Castro t-shirt in 2016.
“Know ur history and facts cowards like this fool should be sent to live in Cuba see what they say after a day there,” Masvidal wrote on a post published to the UFC star’s Instagram.
In 2016, Kaepernick wore a t-shirt depicting a meeting between Malcolm X and Castro. The phrase “Like minds think alike” was under pictures of the two.
When asked about the shirt, Kaepernick praised Castro’s education system.
“One thing that 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,” Kaepernick said, “which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”
I generally do not pay much attention to what athletes say even if I agree with their stances on political issues of the day. They get paid to play a game and if they are good at that, kudos to them. They probably don’t have time to pay attention to all the crazy stuff going on in the world to make an informed comment and in the end, I don’t care really.
Kaepernick, though, made himself the spokesperson of a “movement” by protesting the national anthem and kneeling while it played because he felt that the country had treated him and others wrong. I have zero problems with that.
Yet, if you want to be the face of any movement and you wear a t-shirt that has on it one of the century’s most reviled and murderous thugs, you need to be ripped. When you mutter some nonsensical drivel about the Cuban education system and that they spend more on education than prisons you are so out of your league you shouldn’t kneel but lie down. You must be having a stroke.
Cuba is a police state and they spend a lot of their dough on keeping the regime in power. The equalizer is that the whole country is kept poor except one-half of one percent and if you get in line you get “re-educated” free of charge in a Cuban prison.
Unless of course, they kill you first.
The Cuban-American community in this country is still very united in their hatred of anything that is in support of the Castro regime. The recent protest that happened on the impoverished island has sparked a renewed push for a change in how the United States treats its island neighbor just 90 miles from our shore.
I do not doubt that Jorge Masvidal has heard firsthand how horrible everyday life in Cuba is and he is in no mood for hearing drivel at any time from a spoiled privileged guy that has no idea what that life entails. No one that has had the incredible blessing of growing up in this country could ever truly understand it.
Are there problems that the United States has had in treating our citizens equally?
Does holding up the Castro regime in any way shape or form as something virtuous make any sense?
The biggest difference is that even with Colin’s lack of knowledge about the world as it is (not as he wishes it was), he was able to achieve fame and wealth on his ability to throw a ball. In Cuba, he would have been told where to live, how to spend the money that they allowed him to have, and NEVER question the regime.
If he tried to pull a stunt like kneeling during the Cuban national anthem as a Cuban citizen, he would not have been around to sign a Nike contract to celebrate. He would have been buried and having old Nikes worn by poor Cubans standing on his grave.
Libertad to the Cuban people.