For professional athletes, Twitter can be both a blessing and a nuisance. They may be able to rack up thousands or even millions of followers, but that means they are also subject to constant hate messages and criticism whenever they perform poorly.
But it’s exactly this that fuels Colin Kaepernick. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback received plenty of hate on Twitter after his below-par performances against the Seahawks and Colts in back-to-back weeks, both losses for a squad that right now has more questions than answers.
On Monday, a day after the 27-7 loss to the Colts, Kaepernick favorited six “hate” tweets. He favorited 12 more on Tuesday.
Here are several of them:
Go back to Nevada program or baseball. 49ers don’t want you “WE WANT ALEX” @Kaepernick7
— Trevor MacArthur (@ItsBigRedd) September 23, 2013
— Jaime Castillo (@castillo1_jaime) September 24, 2013
This one was pretty funny (#startColtMcCoy):
— Connor Kerrigan (@ConnorKerrigan) September 24, 2013
— Trevor MacArthur (@ItsBigRedd) September 24, 2013
Eventually, fans found out that Kaepernick was favoriting tweets that were critical of him, so they just began sending hate tweets on purpose:
@Kaepernick7 I hate you so much. I hope you fall off the face of the NFL planet and end up just another could’ve been, but never was QB
— Dan Biertzer (@DBiertz17) September 25, 2013
When asked about why he favorited those tweets, Kaepernick said that it was motivation and “it helps me.”