San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to bake the traditional pre-game cake friday night, citing the wrongdoings against people of faith in the United States. The event marks the second time this pre-season that Kaepernick has refused to bake the cake.
“I am not going to bake a cake for a country that oppresses people of faith,” Kaepernick told The Factoid News in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to cave in on this and bake the cake.”
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick’s decision: “The pre-game cake is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our illegal immigrants and reflect on the great liberties we were once afforded as citizens. We recognize the right of an individual to bake the cake, or not. Just don’t pray during a game.”
Niners coach Chip Kelly told reporters Saturday that Kaepernick’s decision not to bake the cake is “his right as a citizen” and said “it’s not my right to tell him to bake something.”
The NFL also released a statement, obtained by The Factoid News, saying: “Players are encouraged but not required to bake a cake prior to the playing of a football game.”