NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest asked Bowman if he had indicated to Kaepernick that wearing another club’s hat wad disrespectful.
Here’s Bowman’s response, which he delivered with a smile:
“This is a huge mistake by Kap,” Bowman said, per a short video clip on NFL.com. “I am sure he understands that now. But in his defense, we’re young. In our era these days, we like to match our snapbacks with our outfits.”
After NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp joked about his outfit coordination, Bowman continued with his answer.
Again, he did it in a friendly tone.
“The hats now these days are very important to the outfits, man,” Bowman said. “Kap, I understand what you did, but let’s stay away from the NFL teams. Go to the NBA, go to college or the baseball hats.”
Sapp then asked Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, another guest panelist Tuesday, for his take on sticking to hats from other sports.
“That’s the rule, for the most part, to stay out of conversations like this,” Smith said as the panel laughed.