Amid Criticism, Colin Kaepernick Talks About … Hats

December 9, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Colin Kaepernick is currently being roasted by the media, NFL analysts, and even opposing players.

He gave a press conference after Sunday’s loss to the bottom-feeding Oakland Raiders with the look of dejection, giving short answers without elaborating much.

However, his most recent published interview–in GQ Magazine–is about… hats.

According to the publication, the 27-year-old quarterback has “[designed] three New Era snapbacks.”

“My style came out with the different version of me and the different looks I wear. The one cap is more of a high end look, high fashion type of cap you wear out at night or out to the club and it works. There’s one that’s more of an everyday cap that can be mixed and match and still good. Then there’s one that’s spring/summer inspired and a bit more easy going and fun,” he explained in the GQ article.

(Cue the criticism from fans in the comments section saying he should focus on football and not on fashion or promoting his brand).

However, it’s worth noting that this GQ interview was done a few weeks ago before he turned in two dismal performances against the Seattle Seahawks and Raiders. The threw two interceptions and had  a 54.4 passer against Oakland.

Earlier this week, Kaepernick was skewered by Bay Area media outlets and ESPN alike when he gave terse answers–87 words in total–response to a few dozen questions leading up to the Raiders game. 

Even with a win on Sunday against the Seahawks, that likely won’t silence the voices calling for Kaepernick’s ouster. As the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the 49ers can actually cut ties with Kaepernick whenever they want.

“The seven-year, $126 million, team-friendly contract he signed last summer allows the 49ers to cut him at any time with little financial repercussion. Kaepernick already received his signing bonus, $12.3 million. The way the contract is structured, basically a series of one-year deals, the 49ers can dump Kaepernick before April 1 in any of the next six years,” said an analysis in the Chronicle on Tuesday.

His coach, Jim Harbaugh, also might not come back to team next year, meaning that a regime change in Santa Clara could spell doom for Kaepernick’s tenure with the 49ers if his new coach doesn’t like what he sees.