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Much Ado About Kaepernick's Tattoos

A national columnist took aim at Colin Kaepernick's ink-heavy arms

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    Colin Kaepernick has been in the news this week, and the talk is about the new San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback's arms. Not his passing arm, but his tattooed arms.

    The San Joaquin Valley native and former Nevada star's massive guns are covered with massive amounts of ink. And one Sporting News columnist chose to compare the 25-year old's Bible-themed body art to... the hardened citizens of San Quentin state prison.

    Oy.

    "San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick is going to be a big-time NFL quarterback. That must make the guys in San Quentin happy," wrote David Whitley in AOL FanHouse. "Approximately 98.7 percent of the inmates at California's state prison have tattoos. I don't know that as fact, but I've watched enough "Lockup" to know it's close to accurate."

    In comments to USA Today, Kaepernick's parents, who raised their son in Turlock in Stanislaus County, objected to the "hit piece on their son's tattoos," according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    "This guy has probably never talked to Colin," said Rick Kaepernick, according to reports. "Instead of saying that Colin does all these great things and donates his time to children, this guy is going to make him out like a gangster. Really?"

    In the meantime, the tattoo column has hit the big time. It's been roasted, toasted and blogged to a crisp by the likes of Deadspin, former Chronicle scribe Gwen Knapp, and all the folks in between.