Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Vote in the Election, Loses Any Credibility
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick raised eyebrows and confusion this week, when he announced that he did not vote in the 2016 election.
The athlete, who sparked both praise and controversy this season for refusing to stand during the national anthem, stated he didn’t vote because both candidates were racist. He also stated, he didn’t follow or know much about politics.
Among with many Americans, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith wasn’t having any of it.
“Colin Kaepernick, after all this noise that you made, offending our military servicemen and women, and pointing out about how you wanted to bring attention to racial injustices and beyond in this country. To turn around and not even take your behind to the polls to vote for a particular candidate? It is shameful. Absolutely shameful.
Smith continued for over two minutes, going off on the quarterback for being a “flaming hypocrite” that ultimately betrayed his cause.
“He absolutely betrayed his cause. As far as I’m concerne,d Colin Kaepernick is absolutely irrelevant. I don’t want to see him again. I don’t want to hear from him again. I don’t want to hear a damn word about anything he has to say about our nation, the issues we have, racial injustices, needing change…He comes off as a flaming hypocrite…and quite frankly, I hope he goes away. He’s lucky to be in the league right now.”
Previously, many athletes, celebrities and even President Obama had defended or praised the athlete for bringing awareness to the Black Lives Matter Movement. Along with Kaepernick, 90 million other American citizens also did not vote this past general election.