In April 2017, New Times reported on a study showing that people who hate kneeling NFL players are also very likely racist. That news has not stopped Miami Herald sportswriter Armando Salguero from flying into something of a blackout rage whenever anyone mentions football players protesting racism in America. Salguero has repeatedly said he does not think football players should fight for their own civil rights on the field.
Well, someone on Twitter today made the mistake of mentioning Colin Kaepernick to
The diatribe began when a Fins fan asked Salguero if he'd be OK with Kaepernick temporarily quarterbacking for the Dolphins while the team tried to find a different permanent option via the draft. Instead, Salguero said he would "rather have Satan" at QB.
"In case you are not aware, I have no love for Kap," he continued. "Don't agree with him. Don't respect him. If that bothers you, so be it. I will not be silenced."
Yet Salguero, who has covered the NFL for many years, just comes out and admits he personally does not want
Salguero's hatred for Kaepernick is at once complex and very, very simple. First, the complicated part: Salguero claims to despise the quarterback because, when Kaepernick still played for the San Francisco 49ers, he wore a T-shirt that depicted Malcolm X meeting with Fidel Castro. Salguero, who was born in Cuba, confronted Kaepernick at a
Yes, Kaepernick's answers were garbled, inconsistent, and far from eloquent. Castro was a dictator. But it's also a pretty big stretch to claim Castro fandom is central to Kaepernick's ethos. Salguero refuses to even consider that (1) the U.S. justice system is actually racist and (2) Kaepernick is doing tons of good elsewhere throughout America. He is standing against a policing system designed from the ground up to arrest and control black people — yet here's Salguero claiming Kaepernick is somehow worse than Satan.
That's likely because there's a much more basic reason for Salguero's hatred. He is a right-winger and simply does not like civil rights protesters in football. He has said that explicitly. In September 2017, he wrote two hectoring, terribly written, and nauseating columns telling kneeling players, in general, to shut up. In the first, he ridiculously suggested that players kneeling for the National Anthem but standing for the British national anthem were somehow "betraying" America. The next day, he doubled down in a
"I believe sports journalists, be they liberals or conservatives (there are like 12 conservative journalists in America [editor's note: This is a complete lie]), should stick to sports when they’re working," Salguero wrote. "You’re there to cover the game. That’s it. That’s all. Do your job."
(Salguero did not "stick to sports" in 2013 when he told a Vietnam War veteran that the guy "sucked as a
Salguero has also made his thoughts painfully clear on Twitter, where he used to gleefully tweet whenever Kaepernick or other kneeling players got tackled on the gridiron:
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Last year, in language that sure seemed
So, with a new Dolphins coaching staff coming in, it's not surprising that Salguero is back to flogging his anti-Kaepernick horse. What is surprising is that the Herald, a newspaper that claims to stand against injustice, continues to let him get away with it.