- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick apologized Tuesday for a post on social media that made light of the record-breaking rains and flooding that’s killed at least five people in Houston.

Mr. Kaepernick had posted on Twitter and Instagram earlier Tuesday a photo of submerged cars and the message: “I warned you the #7torms Coming !!! #Houston.”

Mr. Kaepernick, whose jersey number is 7, uses the hashtag #7stormsComing to purportedly warn opponents of his improved game, ESPN reported. The 49ers are set to open the preseason in Houston on Aug. 15.

Mr. Kaepernick, who has nearly 1.3 million followers on Instagram and 755,000 Twitter followers, deleted his initial tweet and made a follow-up post reading, “No disrespect intended! Prayers up!” before issuing a statement.

“I’m so sorry about my insensitive post earlier today,” he wrote. “I didn’t fully understand how many people are struggling in Houston right now, and I feel horrible. My prayers are with everyone there.”

CNN reported Wednesday that at least 31 people have died as a result of the storms that have ravaged parts of Texas, Oklahoma and northern Mexico since the weekend. According to Houston authorities, five people in the city have died and at least two more are missing.

 

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