San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick apologized Thursday for an insensitive post on social media that referenced the Houston floods.
Kaepernick posted on Twitter and Instagram an image of submerged cars along with the message: “I warned you the #7torms Coming!! #Houston.”
Kaepernick’s jersey number is 7.
Central Texas, particularly the Houston area, has been pounded by rain and flooding over the last couple of days. Eleven inches of rain fell Monday night.
At least five people are dead as a result of the flooding and three are missing, according to ABC 13. The death toll is expected to increase.
Kaepernick later made a follow-up post saying, “No disrespect intended! Prayers up!”
The NFL star followed up with a more concise statement soon after.
“I’m so sorry about my insensitive post earlier today,” he said in the statement. “I didn’t fully understand how many people are struggling in Houston right now and I feel horrible. My prayers are with everyone there.”
Maybe next time Mr. Kaepernick will think before he tweets.