Florida State Rep. Matt Gaetz In Hot Water for Blasting Colin Kaepernick in Tweet About Jose Fernandez’s Death

© Provided by The Hill Florida state rep. under fire for slamming Kaepernick in tweet about death of Jose Fernandez
© Provided by The Hill Florida state rep. under fire for slamming Kaepernick in tweet about death of Jose Fernandez

Florida State Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) came under fire Sunday for slamming National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a tweet about the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

“To all who will kneel during the anthem today – just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it,” Gaetz tweeted Sunday morning.

 

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Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident in Florida.

Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers player, has faced criticism from some Republican lawmakers for refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans.

Gaetz’s tweet Sunday drew backlash from people on social media.

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Source: The Hill | Rebecca Savransky