Should Colin Kaepernick have posed for ESPN The Magazine?

Leading Off: Too much exposure for 49ers' Kaepernick?

Published: Friday, Jul. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 12, 2013 - 6:21 am

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 #y’allmustbebored.)

Now he’s featured on one of eight ESPN The Magazine’s “body issue” covers, dressed in just a Dolphins cap. Wait, that’s a joke. He’s 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 ESPN’s answer to Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue.

ESPN The Magazine on its website: “It’s okay to stare. That’s 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 who’ve 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 couldn’t he have at least worn a Speedo?

We don’t consider ourselves prudes, but the next time we see Kaepernick, we’d 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.

Today's poll

Should Colin Kaepernick have posed for ESPN The Magazine?

• Yes, why not?

• No, it's too much.

• Who cares?

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Thursday's results

Which NBA team will have the most exciting young backcourt next season?

• Cavaliers: 7%

• Kings: 47%

• Rockets: 6%

• Warriors: 36%

• Wizards: 1%

• Other: 3%

Total votes: 265

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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