Colin Kaepernick has been in the news this week and not for football.
First it was capgate, when the 49ers quarterback was criticized for wearing a Miami Dolphins cap during a Fourth of July party. (His defiant response on Twitter included #ridiculous #yallmustbebored.)
Now hes featured on one of eight ESPN The Magazines body issue covers, dressed in just a Dolphins cap. Wait, thats a joke. Hes wearing nothing.
The annual issue, which hits newsstands today, features Kaepernick, 49ers teammate Vernon Davis and 17 other athletes showing off their buff bodies, we assume in ESPNs answer to Sports Illustrateds annual swimsuit issue.
ESPN The Magazine on its website: Its okay to stare. Thats what The Body Issue is here for. Each year, we stop to admire the vast potential of the human form. To unapologetically stand in awe of the athletes whove pushed their physiques to profound frontiers
Sure, Kaepernick is in great physical condition, and the photos give fans a chance to see just how much body art he has (and where), but couldnt he have at least worn a Speedo?
We dont consider ourselves prudes, but the next time we see Kaepernick, wed prefer him to be in his 49ers uniform, leading the team to victory.
What to do
Baseball, Fresno at River Cats, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field: It's another fireworks night plus, the first 2,500 fans get an Eric Hinske bobblehead, the fifth of nine in a series of former River Cats.
Should Colin Kaepernick have posed for ESPN The Magazine?
Yes, why not?
No, it's too much.
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