Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) puts his helmet on before a series against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick Finding Inspiration From Twitter Haters


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:

This one was pretty funny (#startColtMcCoy):

Eventually, fans found out that Kaepernick was favoriting tweets that were critical of him, so they just began sending hate tweets on purpose:

When asked about why he favorited those tweets, Kaepernick said that it was motivation and “it helps me.”  

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  • Jesse R

    Too funny. I wish every team would post the “hater” tweets. You should see the fire Jeff Fisher tweets with St. Louis. Like “Take the SC job!”. Fans are crazy.