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NFL QB Kaepernick shows it's hard to tolerate fans who want selfie

Technically Incorrect: Accosted by supposed fans in an LA hotel, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shows remarkable restraint.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


He has to justify his existence while posing for a selfie.

TMZ Sports; YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Some stars get accused of being aloof.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of those stars.

Never too friendly with the press, more standoffish with the public than he is even with oncoming rushers, Kaepernick exudes an air of "I'm too good for all this."

Airs can have their grace, though. And grace is what Kaepernick showed when he was accosted by two "fans" desperate to get a selfie with him in an LA hotel.

Presented so helpfully by TMZ Sports, the action shows the quarterback facing what sounds like the ramblings of your average late-night caller to a sports talk show.

"I believe you're going to restore that power you once exuded," says one of the "fans."

Kaepernick hasn't had too fine a time of it recently. He's undergone surgery. He had to play under a highly questionable coach, Jim Tomsula, last year.

But here he stands, trying to be polite, as a fan hectors him about, what, the supernatural?

One minute Kaepernick is just minding his own business. The next, he's having to face lectures on how he compares to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

But the true purpose of all this is for the "fans" to get a selfie.


So Kaepernick poses with one of them, while simultaneously trying to explain himself and the fact that he isn't actually Newton at all.

In America, it's very much the custom that if you see someone famous you walk up to them and try to get a picture with them.

You then slap it up on Facebook and Twitter for everyone to admire. It's less about you meeting the star and more about you telling everyone else you've met the star. It's a world of selfie-obsession, after all.

The star is always supposed to oblige. But why should they? They might be paid more than you, but they're still just trying to live as private a life as they can.

Next time you wonder why Kaepernick seems so aloof, take a look at this video. It might explain a few things.