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Snoop Dogg Says Colin Kaepernick 'Hypocritical' for Praising Castro

Says he should choose to focus on being a football player or a "revolutionary."

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Snoop Dogg suggested San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should choose between football and "being a revolutionary," saying he appreciated that Kaepernick "brought something to America's attention that needed to be brought to their attention," namely police brutality's effect on minorities, but that there were too many things to deal with to focus on that and being a football player at the same time.

The rapper, appearing on Fox Sports' Undisputed, was also critical of Kaepernick's positive comments about Fidel Castro. Co-host Shannon Sharpe pointed out that the Castro regime killed people and that people died trying to escape Cuba. "As bad as things are in the U.S.," Sharpe noted, "people aren't dying to leave."

"He's kind of hypocritical in so many words," Snoop Dogg responded, "because he's pushing this, but at the same time he's giving credit for this, and it's the same abuse they've been taking."

After Castro's death, Kaepernick sought to defend his praise, saying he was only praising Castro for "investment" in education, "free universal healthcare," and "helping end apartheid" in South Africa.

"Trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things he did is just not true," said Kaepernick, who just last month explained that he didn't vote in the elections because it would be providing implicit support for an oppressive system. In that case, providing explicit praise to a murderous dictator would suggest providing at least implicit support for his oppressive system.

"And I don't even understand the Cuban thing so let me not speak on something I'm not really aware of, because now I look bad when I say something that I think I'm representing positive, but the whole community is really mad at me now for saying something I didn't even have no knowledge about," Snoop suggested of Kaepernick's comments on Castro, which came shortly before his death.

"That's why I say he doesn't have a team," Snoop Dogg explained. "If he had a team, they would tell him, you can't say this, this is what you need to say, it's preparation."

"When you want to be a revolutionary you have to be supported by a team, he didn't have a team supporting him," Snoop Dogg suggested toward the beginning of the interview. "He never had a team with structure, with protocol, what are we doing? Why are we addressing this situation? How are we going to handle it? What's the solution? He just brought it up, and it just was in the air, then everybody looked at him for answers, and he had no answers. He just was bringing it to people that this was a situation that we have to pay attention to."

Kaepernick's decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and other injustices in the U.S., like the fact that Hillary Clinton broke the law with her email but wasn't in prison, came in the summer of 2016. "So what is this country really standing for?" Kaepernick asked at his first press conference after beginning his protest.

The Clinton angle wasn't really picked up by the media, who focused instead on the bulk of Kaepernick's statements, about police brutality. Police brutality has been an issue that has animated activists and communities for decades. The militarized response to protests in Ferguson over a police shooting propelled the issue of police brutality into the national spotlight. Many people, like Snoop Dogg and the hosts of Undisputed, insist Kaepernick brought attention to the issue, but I haven't seen any polling to suggest Kaepernick had reached an audience that was unaware of the issue of police brutality before. Naturally, no matter how unproductive, or even counterproductive, Kaepernick's protest may be, he has a what ought to be unbounded right to self-expression, a First Amendment guarantee.

Nevertheless, Kaepernick's decision to focus on the problem and his protest of it, and not on solutions Black Lives Matter activists released more than a year and a half ago that have largely been ignored by the very people who insist they care deeply about the issue of police violence is a counterproductive one. Perhaps I've missed it, but I have not heard Kaepernick or any other celebrity glomming on to the issue of police violence mention Black Lives Matters' Campaign Zero initiative a single time.

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  1. Well, what do you expect someone with a name like Colon to do? His parents should have named him Anus instead. He would have had a great career in foozball under Castro, I assume.

    1. Sphincter Kapsyourdick hits the tight end in the endzone! Touchdown, Bolsheviks!

      1. +1 Pinko Dick

  2. -“the whole community is really mad at me now for saying something I didn’t even have no knowledge about,…”

    Then study up on it or shut the fuck up.

    Pretty rich coming from me, I know.

      1. He done don’t lurn mooch in collage.

  3. When you’re in a debate with “Snoop Dog” and he’s the one making sense you have to wonder how your life went off the rails quite so badly.

    1. “Finally, the voice of reason, Snoop Dogg, entered the conversation.”

      -Words nobody ever said.

      1. I don’t know. There are certain matters on which I’d probably trust his judgement. Mostly involving weed, bitches and the appropriate mixers for your gin.

        1. And shades, really love the shades.

  4. Attention whore says dumb shit. The real story is why so many people care.

    1. why so many people care

      It’s the hair.

  5. Are you guys all Mike The Dissident??

    1. A dissident, a dissident is here.

    2. Sorry, Bob. The Jordan Peterson interview Straff posted a few days ago has re-energized my hatered for all who make apologise for Marxist, ill informed or not.

  6. Waterboarding vs. listening to Snoop, Shannon, and Skip talk about politics?

    1. I haven’t watched the show by I’ve always hated Skip. First Take was god awful with the terrible duo of Skip and Stephen.

  7. Kaepernick has the right to make whatever statements he likes. It’s just weird how people are giving him credit for it, as if he did something brave or notable. He seems like more of a follower.

    I’d respect him if he had something to say. But he went on Good Morning America, which is clearly a case where his celebrity gave him a platform to highlight things. But his whole interview amounted to “Man, things are bad and stuff, and nobody ever does anything about all the bad stuff.” It was vague and rambling, and it told me that Kaepernick is just repeating things he’s heard instead of working to become informed.

    1. Just considering him irrelevant like opposing teams defenses do, should be a sufficient reason to ignore him.

    2. “You see, Katie, I believe black lives are undervalued in American society, which is why I join with Martin Luther King’s niece in asking you to support Priests for Life.”

      “Oh, so sorry, we’re having technical difficulties, let’s go to a story about a chipmunk.”

    3. But his whole interview amounted to “Man, things are bad and stuff, and nobody ever does anything about all the bad stuff.”

      Kaepernick is basically this guy.

    4. He said things the sportswriters like

      If he spoke his conscience in a way the sportswriters didn’t like, there would be hell to pay.

  8. Fo’ shizzle, Snoop! Fo’ shizzle!

  9. Mirror mirror, on the wall, who is the top alt texter of them all?

    Ed, that’s who.

  10. One guy made $100M rapping getting high. The other guy got $12M in one year to sit on a bench or lose football games. I’m not saying intelligence plays in either of those, but I’ll wait until I’m doing quite so well to cast aspersions.

    1. Snoop may be an idiot, but he ain’t no fool.

      Or he’s a fool, but not an idiot.

      One of those.

      1. He’s like Edith Bunker, wise as hell, dumber than a box of rocks. Nixon was the exact opposite.

  11. He’s a hypocrite because he’d never be allowed to protest the way he did in Cuba.

    1. Sure he would – he’d have every opportunity to criticize the United States.

  12. Nevertheless, Kaepernick’s decision to focus on the problem and his protest of it, and not on solutions Black Lives Matter activists released more than a year and a half ago that have largely been ignored by the very people who insist they care deeply about the issue of police violence.

    I can’t even this sentence

    1. Me neither.

  13. I just heard Snoop on the radio at lunch time. He is the rizzle dizzle.

  14. “As bad as things are in the U.S.,”

    , where blacks have the highest standard of living and the greatest degree of political and social inclusion of anywhere in the world.

    1. To be fair, Sharpe might just have been referencing problems in general, not that blacks are oppressed.

    2. the greatest degree of political and social inclusion

      I would have thought that would probably be somewhere in Africa or the Caribbean.

      1. In that regard, you could ask the Hutus and the Tutsis, the Shona and the Ndebele, or any of the other countless variants of that time-honored classic “the strong murder the weak”.

        1. Who’da thought a machete is a weapon of mass destruction.

  15. I have not heard Kaepernick or any other celebrity glomming on to the issue of police violence mention Black Lives Matters’ Campaign Zero initiative a single time

    To be fair, many supportive celebrities haven’t mentioned Black Lives Matter’s batshit stuff either. If they ignore the good stuff as well, you can’t blame them. Most of them aren’t in it for anything more than PR. which i’d think you’d have grokked by this point.

  16. “Hey guys, all I’m doing is praising Hitler for his investment in infrastructure, pension programs, and helping end Soviet domination of the Ukraine, what’s the big deal?”

    “helping end apartheid”

    By sending troops to Angola, and engaging in “liberation” of the locals:

    “The Cuban soldiers came and locked people into huts ? burned them alive, others?their arms and legs were cut off. They ripped away my baby out of my arms and swinging her by the legs smashed her head against a tree. . .I was pushed into a lorry with other women. Later I was raped by ten Cubans. Those who resisted were stabbed by bayonets.” -Severina Chilombo

    “When the Communists came, all the older men were killed, the boys were taken to the army, the young women to prison. The pre gnant were cut open with bayonets.” -Veronica Kahali

  17. Still no mention of the Power of the Pussy (Kaepernick’s insanely hot gf).

    1. Yeah but you gotta wonder how much longer she’s gonna be around when he’s making under a mil a year as a backup next year

  18. He should take the aphorism “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

    If you going to opine on some issue people are going to assume you have complete knowledge, not that you are a ignoramus.

  19. Well, we’ve learned that while Kaepernick has a First Amendment right to speak, and that he gets a lot of attention when he speaks (because of his sports celebrity), his opinions just may be as stupid and undeveloped as the average Joe’s. Damn! Now I’m going to have to start thinking for myself instead of waiting for sports and entertainment celebrities to tell me what to think.

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