Over the Fourth of July weekend two interesting bits of news came out regarding two San Francisco 49er players. The first was news that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha married actress Kerry Washington in a secret ceremony on June 24. The other was Colin Kaepernick being photographed wearing a Miami Dolphins hat.
Yes, that’s right, a Dolphins hat (sigh).
The Niners QB had a photo posted on Twitter showing him wearing a Miami Dolphins to a Fourth of July party:
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick at a 4th of july party Rocking a Dolphins hat.. pic.twitter.com/KkEjCWTbaO
— Miami Dolphins Fans (@DolFanBandits) July 5, 2013
Since then, Niner fans have reacted with dismay at Kaepernick wearing a Fins hat. Niner Noise has in the past taken issue with his choice of hats. Especially when he wore a Milwaukee Brewers hat in an interview the week of the playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. Even though he was born in Wisconsin and grew up a Brewers fan this irked Niner fans because we thought he should have at least wore a San Francisco Giants hat.
Some fans thought this was a sign Kaepernick was going to throw the playoff game against the Packers. Instead, he rushed for a quarterback playoff record of 181 yards in route to routing the Packers 45-31. I didn’t doubt Kaepernick’s allegiance to the Niners back then, and I still don’t question it now. Even after seeing him wearing a Dolphins hat.
Having said that, of all the hats Kaepernick has in his collection (if you follow his Instagram account you are aware it numbers in the hundreds) he could’ve chosen a hat other than that of another NFL team. Luckily for Kap, the Niners don’t go up against the Dolphins this season.
Here was how Kaepernick responded to the backlash on Instagram (hover over the pic for his comments):
Niner fans are not bored, we are just showing our allegiance to the Red and Gold. And at the very least we expect that from Niner players too. Even if they grew up fans of another NFL team or have they have fashionable hats of NFL teams they like to wear, it’s still not smart to wear the hat.