KEY POINTS

  • Jorge Masvidal takes a swipe at Colin Kaepernick for political views
  • Masvidal posted a photo of Kaepernick wearing a Fidel Castro shirt
  • An NFL insider shares why teams opted not to sign Kaepernick

UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal took a jab at former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for backing Fidel Castro in 2016.

The 36-year-old put up a curious Instagram post on Sunday that has since been deleted.

The social media post was meant to raise awareness tied to the SOS protests in Cuba.

Masvidal explained that the protests were made because they were seeking freedom from an oppressive government in a separate post.

This was meant to dispel the initial belief that the protests were being done due to the lack of access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The shared post by the UFC fighter included one that saw Kaepernick wearing a shirt featuring the late Cuban dictator.

The post read: “American leftists who know nothing about real oppression and communism wear images of Castro…while Cubans living in the horrors of communism and real oppression are waving the American flag.”

However, that did not end there. In the comment section, Masvidal wrote: “Know your (sic) history and facts cowards like this fool should be sent to live in Cuba see what they say after a day there.”

It was in 2016 when Kaepernick wore the said shirt when the San Francisco 49ers played the Miami Dolphins.

Kaepernick lauded Castro for the literacy rates in Cuba under his regime.

"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. Which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that," Kaepernick said at that time via Sports Illustrated.

NFL critics felt that Kaepernick’s actions played a role as to why he never got to return to professional football.

There were insinuations that he was blackballed, but NFL Insider Matt Maiocco felt that he was left out because other teams had no use for him.

Maiocco weighed in on the Kaepernick blackballing situation when he appeared on the Sports For All PH podcast hosted by Filipino journalists Vincent Juico and Brian Yalung last July 4.

“I don’t know what roadblocks were set out there. I don’t know how Colin made it difficult on himself. I think he always felt that I’ll go somewhere and compete. I don’t know if he was blackballed. But it’s pretty clear that a lot of football teams that could have used him at the very least as a backup decided they didn’t want him,” Maiocco stated.

Jorge Masvidal Jorge Masvidal of the United States looks on during a UFC 239 Welterweight Bout against Ben Askren of the United States at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Getty Images/Sean M. Haffey