Colin Kaepernick on social media haters: ‘They can tweet to me tonight’ (vid)
Earlier this week, it was noticed that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was favoriting spiteful, mean-spirited and hypercritical messages from haters on Twitter. On Thursday night in a huge game for his team, Kaepernick silenced those critics, at least temporarily, leading the Niners to a 35-11 whipping of the St. Louis Rams in a game that wasn’t necessarily a must-win, but nevertheless was a critical game necessary to right the ship following a two-game slide that left the team with a 1-2 record.
Kaepernick played great, going 15-23 for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Afterward, while speaking with the gang on NFL Network, Kaepernick was asked by Deion Sanders about all the Twitter haterade and how the quarterback uses it as motivational tool in light of his online, favoriting activities this week.
Said Kaepernick: The same people that are writing those things know nothing about me. They know nothing about what’s going through my mind, the work I put in, so those things are said out of pure ignorance. So for me, what really matters is what my family thinks, what my teammates think, what my coaches think. And when they say they still have faith in me, they still believe in me, that’s all I need.”
Later, Rich Eisen asked Kaepernick, “How many tweets did you favorite?” He replied, “I don’t know why this is a big deal, this isn’t the first time I’ve done it.
In the end, despite all the discussion and hoopla surrounding the favoriting of tweets, Kaepernick sticks it to all his haters, saying, “They can tweet me tonight.” Zing!
Discussion starts at about the 2:00 mark of the video:
Well done, young man. Silence the critics and haters with your actions, not your words. And still, I bet Kaepernick would love to reply to those vitriolic tweets following Thursday’s game.