DAVIE – Dolphins running back Arian Foster took exception to NASCAR legend Tony Stewart’s criticism of Colin Kaepernick on Twitter.
Foster shot back at Stewart on social media after Stewart tweeted that Kaepernick needs to learn the facts before “running his dumbass mouth!”
Stewart ended his tweet with the hashtag: idiot.
Foster, who has never met Stewart, responded by tweeting, “how about attempting to educate him via your views instead of fueling hatred. you can get ahold of him if you want.”
Foster told the Post on Tuesday that, “calling somebody a dumbass and an idiot is not only petty but it’s just not helpful.”
Added Foster: “You’re just fueling the hatred. Anytime of racial tension or political tension in this country is going to be one side vs. the other and you’re going to have people who aren’t necessarily educated to all the facts but they cling to what they feel their views are and what they relate to and people who represent those views.
“If you want to be part of the (solution) and you don’t want to fuel hatred, go get in touch with Colin Kaepernick. You’re in NASCAR. You can get in touch with anybody in the NFL if you wanted to, if you’re really interested in an open dialogue. It’s obvious that he’s not.”
Foster said Stewart is just pandering to his fan base.
“Obviously, he’s kind of a right wing, conservative, NASCAR. … that demographic. You’re fueling that demographic that isn’t necessarily educated about everything that’s going on in this country which is, in my views, destructive.
“It’s all about how you approach it. If you approach it by dismissing a man and his views without trying to have an open dialogue and understand where he’s coming from then you’re just part of the problem. If you want to be part of the solution then have open dialogue, which is where I’m at in my life. When I was younger I probably would have shout back at him.”
Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, refused to stand for the national anthem last week as a protest against some of the country’s social and racial problems. He said he will continue the practice until change occurs.
Kaepernick has received criticism from those who believe he is causing a distraction. Foster, though, does not believe in distractions. He said the word is “a made up term for athletes to stay in line and for athletes to not do anything controversial.”
Foster avoids “distractions” by removing himself from the situation.
“Don’t watch the news, stay off social media,” he said. “Don’t talk to him because he’s very passionate about it.
“It’s their choice if they want to be distracted.”
Foster, 30, considers himself a socially conscious person who speaks his mind. He has sought out people who have suffered injustices to learn more about their plight, including his father who grew up in a time in Carson, Calif., when he had to be in his house when the street lights came on.
“At this juncture in my life I’m really about solutions,” Foster said. “The big problem now is nobody really knows what to do. The protests you see with the Black Lives Matter movement and with Colin Kaepernick, we want to do something but we don’t know what to do.
“We’re looking for answers. I don’t have the answers.”