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NaVorro Bowman on Colin Kaepernick’s Dolphins cap: ‘Huge mistake’

Photo Credit: Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a lot of heat from fans for wearing a Miami Dolphins hat on July 4, and now his teammate, linebacker NaVorro Bowman is echoing their sentiment. 

“This is a huge mistake by Kaep,” Bowman said on NFL Network’s Total Access. “I’m sure he understands that now. In his defense, we’re young, in our era, these days we like to match our snapbacks with our outfits.”

There are two schools of thought on either side of the argument of whether or not it was a good or bad idea by Kaepernick to wear an opposing team’s hat. The old-school mantra is that it’s almost sacrilegious to represent anyone other than one’s own team, while the younger generation has embraced the thinking that fashion statements are completely separate from one’s loyalty to a team. 

Bowman understands both sides, but called the decision a  mistake because of who Kaepernick is. As the quarterback of one of the most storied franchises ever, self-awareness is of the utmost importance. Kaepernick showed some defiance with his Instagram rant that the hat wasn’t a big deal, but later put out a picture of him in 49ers gear. 

No matter what anyone thinks, he’s not likely to make the same mistake ever again. 

Photo Credit: Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.