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Following his anthem protest, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick got tied to a rumor that his girlfriend, Hot 97 radio host Nessa Diab, converted him to Islam.
Speaking with the media Wednesday, Kaepernick addressed those rumors by saying they were false, but even if they were true, it shouldn't matter. He said the fear in this country, brought on by a certain presidential candidate, has people making connections that aren't there.
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"I have great respect for the religion, know a lot of people that are Muslim and are phenomenal people," he said, via USA Today. "But I think that (rumor of conversion) comes along with people’s fear of this protest, as well as Islamophobia in this country. People are terrified of them to the point where Trump wants to ban all Muslims from coming here, which is ridiculous.”
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He also specifically addressed his girlfriend being an influence on him.
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"The impact is just conversations that we constantly have," he said. “This is an open discussion that I have with man[......]