Monday, December 18, 2017
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Kaepernick tries to clarify defense of Castro

MIAMI GARDENS — Colin Kaepernick threw three touchdown passes, ran for 113 yards and nearly rallied the woeful 49ers from a 17-point deficit in the final eight minutes against the Dolphins on Sunday, which left a lot to talk about after San Francisco's team-record 10th straight loss.

That included communism in Cuba.

Early in the game, the crowd had loud boos for Kaepernick, who recently made comments in which he defended former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died Friday. After the game, Kaepernick spoke at length about Castro's policies.

"I agree with the investment in education," Kaepernick said. "I also agree with the investment in free universal health care, as well as the involvement with him in helping end apartheid in South Africa. I would hope that everyone believes those things are good things. Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did is just not true."

In August, Kaepernick drew attention for wearing a T-shirt that featured Castro and Malcolm X. In a conference call Wednesday with South Florida media, Kaepernick defended Castro, who was enormously unpopular in Miami, home to a large Cuban community.

BEARS: Linebacker Danny Trevathan had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter with a serious knee injury.

FALCONS: Cornerback Desmond Trufant could be facing season-ending surgery this week on a pectoral/shoulder injury.

JAGUARS: They snapped the NFL's longest active drought by scoring a touchdown on their opening possession for the first time in 25 games.

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