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Cuban-American UFC star calls Kaepernick ‘coward’ for praising Castro, says he should be sent to Cuba

Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal during a press conference ahead of UFC 261 in Jacksonville's VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. (Clayton Freeman/Florida Times-Union/TNS)
July 19, 2021

UFC fighter and Cuban American Jorge Masvidal slammed former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for supporting communist dictator Fidel Castro and condemned the Cuban regime as a “killing machine.”

According to a screenshot shared to the social media site Imgur on Sunday, Masvidal shared on Instagram a Turning Point USA post which stated: “American leftists who know nothing about real oppression & communism wear images of Castro…while Cubans living in the horrors of communism and real oppression are waving the American flag.”

The post included a photo of Kaepernick from 2016 in which he is wearing a t-shirt featuring Fidel Castro, as well as Cubans waving the American flag during demonstrations against the communist regime last week. “Know ur history and facts cowards like this fool should be sent to live in Cuba see what they say after a day there,” Masvidal captioned the post.

Last week as thousands of Cubans took to the streets chanting “freedom” and “liberty” in protest of the island nation’s oppressive communist regime, Masvidal posted a video on Twitter showing his support along with the hashtag SOSCuba.

“What I feel is correct and what I feel everybody should be doing is fighting against oppression, dictatorships, communism and anything of that nature. My father escaped Cuba when he was 14-years-old and I’ve only heard the horror stories since I could process thoughts of how sh**ty this communist regime – killing machine is,” Masvidal said. “So I just want to shed some light on Cuba, big SOS signal for them.”

“This oppression has been going on for 61 years,” he continued. “It’s not just because of the pandemic, not just because they ran out of medicine, they’ve been out of medicine, they’ve been out of resources and food because of the corrupt government, the extreme corruption over there where only a few at the top eat and everybody else has to suffer — those days have to come to an end.”

“So I think it’s time for the whole world to rally behind Cuba,” the star fighter added. “Let’s go, spread the messages online, we gotta protest, we gotta get together, get attention.”

“Maybe the local media channels in America won’t cover this, or in other parts of the world. But I think it’s up to us to put the word out there. It’s the people against the corrupt governments,” he concluded. “Let’s defeat these evil communist motherf***ers, man. God bless everybody watching and thank you.”

During his father’s escape from Cuba at age 14, Masvidal Sr. was starving after his group’s supply of water was compromised at sea. On the third day of the 110-mile journey to South Florida, Masvidal Sr. managed to snag a bird that had landed on his paddle. Masvidal Sr. drank its blood and ate the bird’s raw meat.

“I said to him, ‘For real? You ate that thing?’ Jorge said of his father’s harrowing experience, as reported by The Sun. “He said, ‘Yeah, we were so damn thirsty, three days out there in the sun. I drank the blood. I bit right into the raw meat.’ I was like, wow, that’s f-cking survival.”

When asked in 2016 about the t-shirt featuring Castro, Kaepernick defended the communist dictator at the time. “One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system,” Kaepernick replied, according to Sports Illustrated. “Which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”

Kaepernick then continued attacking the United States after praising the oppressive communist.

“We do break up families here,” Kaepernick said. “That’s what mass incarceration is. That was the foundation of slavery. So, our country has been based on that as well as the genocide of Native Americans.”