Iran’s Former President is Pissed Off the NFL Won’t Sign Colin Kaepernick

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took a break from his usual rants about Jews and America Monday – just long enough to tweet a shout-out to Colin Kaepernick.

No, we’re not kidding.

Ahmadinejad usually complains about Jews and Zionists on Twitter, and before now, had not given an indication that he even followed the NFL. He has, however, commented on sports in the past. Nevertheless, he had a hot sports take of his own, proclaiming today “The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster. Even though he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league.”

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His support for Kaepernick could be rooted in Kaepernick’s Muslim faith, as well as the story is a narrative Ahmadinejad can use to attack the United States, another of his favorite pastimes.

Here is the tweet from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in support of Colin Kaepernick.

He also tweeted a lament that politics are hurting sports. “The philosophy and spirit of sports is bringing people together not causing more conflicts. Politics must support the spirit of sports not destroy it,” he said.

Given his opinion that Kaepernick is “one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” the anti-Semite might want to recheck the stats for Kaepernick’s final season, which saw a significant drop-off in production, leading many to wonder if he had already passed his prime.

Critics did not take kindly to Ahmadinejad jumping into the sports arena, who mocked him and his violent history of oppression.

Most believe the tweet was a publicity stunt, and don’t actually think Ahmadinejad even follows the sport.

Here’s a sampling of the blowback he received.

Some questioned his assessment of Kaepernick’s skills.

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