Posted November 30, 2012

Colin Kaepernick’s parents annoyed by criticism of his tattoos

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Colin Kaepernick's tattoos include Bible verses. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos include Bible verses. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick’s sudden rise to 49ers starting quarterback has dropped an avalanche of unanticipated attention on the second-year player — and his parents aren’t happy about some of it.

Kaepernick’s tattoo-covered arms recently drew criticism from Sporting News columnist David Whitley, who wrote:

San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick is going to be a big-time NFL quarterback. That must make the guys in San Quentin happy…

…NFL quarterback is the ultimate position of influence and responsibility. He is the CEO of a high-profile organization, and you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.

Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, Colin’s adoptive parents told USA Today they were aggravated by Whitley’s comparing their son to inmates.

“It annoyed me,” Teresa said. “You are categorizing this kid on something like tattoos? Really? Saying other guys are role models because they don’t have them? Really? Some of these other guys don’t have crystal clear reputations. That’s how you’re going to define this kid? It’s pretty irritating, but it is what it is.”

Colin’s parents would like to set the record straight: Their son is a 4.0 high school student who’s never been arrested. While they admittedly weren’t excited about Colin’s decision to get his tattoos while playing at Nevada, they agreed that he was old enough to make his own decisions.

And those controversial tattoos? Those are Bible verses inscribed on Colin’s biceps.

“Colin’s a fairly religious kid, but he’s not in your face about it,” Rick said. “It’s more about him and what he believes.”


19 comments
KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

This is news? Really? His parents are annoyed ????????? Who cares.

nbynum
nbynum

Admittedly, the tattoos suggest a lifestyle and personna, but the perception is not definitive. In this case, the writer and the parents are correct. BUT the kid made the choice...and that is his right as well. 

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Hopefully tats are a passing fad because they look horrible.  But Kaepernick as his parents said is an adult and can do, as per any of us, whatever we want with our bodies.

 

Still if you are getting tats with scriptures you'd think Leviticus 19:28 might cause you to rethink getting one or a thousand!

sync2pcs
sync2pcs

I don't mind a tat here or there but this guy has ZERO tattoo-free skin on his back.  That, plus the arms plus the chest tattoo, on a QB no less, tells me Kaepernick might have some "issues."   Whether he wants to feel tougher, blacker, cooler, I don't know.  But anything in excess suggests insecurities.  Or really poor taste.

Matt32
Matt32

Welcome to 2012 everyone.

 

And please don't quote a 2,000 year old document that has been altered and only includes writings that The Church deemed fit in it.  I'm not bashing religion, the messages are primarily good ones, but if you can't grasp why something someone said 2,000 years ago doesn't always apply today, I don't know what to tell you.

EstebanRaphaelSoto
EstebanRaphaelSoto

Tattoos are stupid, plain and simple.  If you are serious about a professional career, don't get tattoos at all.  And if you absolutely positively must have them, get them where they can be hidden.    This kid might be a swell QB, but he looks like a thug.   Women with visible tattoos look like cheap skanks.

 

There are exceptions, I suppose, but those are few, far and wide.

randysavage
randysavage

So will a C section send a woman to hell? Yall are retarded!

Anjum Khaja
Anjum Khaja

Whaaaaaat?!?! An athlete that has tattoos. This is insane, he'll never make it. A full inquistion is required, this "trend" needs to be stopped before it gains steam!

maff
maff

"Judge not...lest ye be judged."........

 

Bottomline?    You can pick out any "phrase" you want to in the Bible.....

....in order to think of your-self as   "right"-----.

 

Personally....I would try out  refraining...  judging.... anyone......

...Try instead to  see what perhaps  another  person has learned in their life so far.....

 

.....Along with..notice........how they currently live their life................

 

 

 

 

 

dbs313
dbs313

same thing i thought.   The bible states that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and not to mark it up with brandings and tattoos....................When my oldest son informed me at the age of 20 (or 21?) he was getting a  tattoo.......................I told him.............."The bible says your body's a Temple of the Holy Spirit..............and not to mark it up with tattoos and brandings"........................he replied......................."that's what mom said".

 

zachsrobe
zachsrobe

..and wear a robe to cover them up

 

zachsrobe
zachsrobe

if he's "fairly" religious, maybe he should have read :

Leviticus 19:28 (NIV)

28 “ ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.

 

Cornerss
Cornerss

 @stabmasterarson21 tats arent a fad, been around since we could paint probably. I think tis more mainstream again now that all the "savages" and "barbarians" have been vanquished