Kaepernick blames criticism on 'stereotypes, prejudice'

Kaepernick blames criticism on 'stereotypes, prejudice'
August 14, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Colin Kaepernick is averaging 6.0 yards per carry in the regular season from 2011-13. (USATSI)

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was interviewed by Bleacher Report analyst Chris Simms, a former signal-caller of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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In this 1-on-1, Simms asked Kaepernick why he believes he receives the "unfair criticism" he does.

Kaepernick pointed to, “Stereotypes, prejudice.

“Whatever you want to call it. I think between the tattoos, the way I dress, the way I talk. People don’t think it should go together with a franchise quarterback or something that’s leading the team or representing the organization.”

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In Kaepernick's debut in 2012, he was criticized for his appearance -- namely for his tattoos -- in an article from the Sporting News. This ultimately led to Kap's retaliation on the field and the phenomenon now known as 'Kaepernicking.' 

Varied opinions of the franchise passer have continued ever since. 

Kaepernick added, "At the end of the day, you have to look at, are they knowledgeable, are they capable of doing their job, not what their appearance is."