Colin Kaepernick has been the hottest topic in sports in 2017, and that popularity has extended to Halloween, where a number of people dressed up as the former San Francisco 49ers QB.
A number of Kaepernick tributes were shared on social media.
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Peacefully protest. Is that a #trickortreat ? … . + Last year she was steph, this year Kaep. She asked if next year she could be a girl… #fairenough . . #kaepernick #halloween #7 #toddlerhood #halloweencostume #2yearsold #blackkids #afro #takeaknee #equalityforall #blacklivesmatter #sanfransisco #orcaagaliakamani #colinkaepernick #kap #kaep #infantyeezy #trickortreat #besafe #havefun #eatcandy #happyhalloween #nflboycott
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“I KNOW MY RIGHTS” something every child should understand and know. THANK YOU @kaepernick7 for being one of many influential examples to the youth. • Happy Halloween 2017 • Cc: @kaepernick7 @nessnitty • #blacklivesmatter #iknowmyrights #colinkaepernick #westandwithkaepernick #blackyouth #roommates #theshaderoom
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Not all of the tributes were flattering. An officer at the University of Nevada, Reno Police Department, where Kaepernick shined for four seasons, found himself in hot water over his costume, which mocked the QB with an afro wig and a fake nose and a sign that read “Will stand for food.”
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Adam Garcia, UNR PD’s chief of police, apologized for the costume in a statement.
“Police officers are held to a higher standard and denigrating another – on or off duty – is insensitive for its lack of respect and understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted,” Garcia’s statement read.
At a Louisiana casino, a man won a contest with his “Colin Krapperdick” costume, which looked exactly as it sounds.
Nothing says respect for the flag like 'Krapperdick' wearing an adult diaper next to an old glory jump suit. pic.twitter.com/OMobVBXBFq
— Christiaan Mader (@xnmader) October 31, 2017
After a picture of the costume on the casino’s Facebook page sparked controversy, the man, 53-year-old James Pendarvis, responded.
“As a society we have freedom of speech,” Pendarvis told the Shreveport Times. But yet, I get hammered for a costume,” he said. “Yes, distasteful to some, funny to others.