Houston mayor’s office weighs in on awful Colin Kaepernick Instagram post
Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a truly ill-advised Instagram post in which he inexplicably made light of the devastation being wreaked upon the Houston area due to massive flooding that has killed an estimated 17 people, injured scores and left the region in a state of natural disaster.
But to hear it from the Houston mayor’s office, there’s plenty more that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback could do to help make things right.
TMZ reached out to the office of Mayor Annise Parker for comment and received the following response from her press secretary:
“Anything Colin Kaepernick said isn’t really of concern to us,” the press secretary said. “We’re focusing on what’s going on here. We still have rain coming. We’re focused on getting our residents what they need.
“He apologized. I’m sure he is sorry for what he did, so he is forgiven. This is too serious a situation to hold a grudge.
“If he is truly remorseful, he can donate to our food bank, to the Red Cross. Any of those avenues.”
Kaepernick invoked the wrath of social media when he posted an ill-conceived post to Instagram in which he warned Houston, where the 49ers will play a preseason game with the Texans, about his arrival.
“I warned you the 7tormsComing! #Houston #PrayersUp,” Kaepernick wrote in the since-deleted post. the “7torms coming,” a reference to his jersey number and an oft-used hashtag by Kaepernick in the past.
Kaepernick later issued a brief apology on Twitter after removing the Instagram post, writing, “No respect intended! Prayers up!”
A more formal mea culpa followed on social media shortly thereafter.
“I’m so sorry about my insensitive post earlier today,” Kaepernick tweeted. “I didn’t fully understand how many people are struggling in Houston right now and I feel horrible. My prayers are with everyone there.”
Now that the apology is out of the way, Kaepernick would be well-advised to heed the mayor’s office advice and do something positive to demonstrate he truly regrets his wholly insensitive and completely inappropriate social media activity.