Colin Kaepernick Says He's Sorry About His Insensitive Flood Post On Instagram

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick
Nov 9, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) prepares to throw the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Reuters

Colin Kaepernick recently apologized for a hashtag he used insensitively on social media site Instagram.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback is fond of using the hashtag “7tormsComing” on social media. The number and hashtag referred to his jersey number. However, he made an error on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 on Instagram by poking fun at a serious calamity that plagued the people of Houston, Texas. Houston residents suffered from a lot of rain and flooding the day before, Bleacher Report wrote. The flood damaged homes and resulted to a number of deaths.

Kaepernick posted a photo of cars in Houston submerged in the flood then added, “I warned you the #7tormsComing !!! #Houston”. He immediately deleted the post after realizing that the joke was made in bad taste.

Kaepernick followed up by tweeting that he was very sorry about his insensitive post earlier in the day.

 “No disrespect intended! Prayers up!” he first tweeted after deleting the insensitive post.

After two hours, the 49ers quarterback added a more sincere apology.

“I'm so sorry about my insensitive post earlier today. I didn't fully understand how many people are struggling in Houston right now and I feel horrible. My prayers are with everyone there,” he wrote, based on a report by NBC Bay Area.

It may take longer for the people of Houston to react to Kaepernick’s posts. In the meantime, Yahoo cited that searches are still being conducted for about a dozen missing people. The total fatalities totaled 17 so far. About one foot of rain fell across Houston within a six-hour period, congesting highways and destroying structures. The floodwaters deepened and impacted almost the entire city, paralyzing several areas. Firefighters conducted over 500 water rescues for stranded motorists. Officials stated that at least 2,500 vehicles were abandoned by drivers looking for higher ground. 

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