San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has to be one of America’s least favorite athletes, after disrespecting America repeatedly by kneeling during the National Anthem at game time.
All of this, he’s said repeatedly, is to protest injustice and inequality, which most football fans don’t seem to buy, believing instead it’s all about using activism to look “cool” and relevant.
There seems to be quite a bit of truth to that, as Kaepernick had an opportunity to really put his money where his mouth is by voting in the recent presidential election. Which, it turns out, he didn’t do.
CBS News is reporting, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who sparked both praise and controversy this season for refusing to stand during the national anthem — says he did not vote in the 2016 election. And that’s made some people across the country furious.
To be fair, Kaepernick has never pretended to like either candidate. After the presidential debate at Hofstra University this fall, the 49ers QB called both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump “proven liars,” stating that Trump’s campaign slogan — “Make America great again” — is fundamentally flawed because America has never been great for people of color.
“To me, it was embarrassing to watch; that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick explained in an October interview with CSN Bay Area. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist…. You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”
When Election Day came, however, Kaepernick did not “pick the lesser of two evils.” He didn’t pick anyone at all. So, on Wednesday, just hours after President-elect Donald Trump declared victory in the 2016 election, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith let Kaepernick have it.
“Colin Kaepernick, after all this noise that you made — even though you didn’t intend to do so — offending our military servicemen and women, and pointing out about how you wanted to bring attention to racial injustices and beyond in this country,” Smith argued on ESPN2’s “First Take.” “To turn around and not to even take your behind to the polls to vote for a particular candidate? It is shameful. Absolutely shameful.”
“He absolutely betrayed his cause. As far as I’m concerned, Colin Kaepernick is absolutely irrelevant,” Smith passionately articulated. “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 that he has to say about our nation, the issues that we have, racial injustices, needing change, etc. etc. He comes across as a flaming hypocrite… and quite frankly, I hope he goes away. He’s lucky to be in the league right now.”
"For him not to vote…as far as I'm concerned, everything he said meant absolutely nothing!"
— First Take (@FirstTake) November 9, 2016
Kaepernick deserves the shredding he received because he’s actually done far more harm to the “cause” he claims to fight for by opting not to vote and take real action. It certainly seems he’s only using his “protest” to get attention.
If he were serious about voicing his thoughts and opinions on race relations, what better way to do that than vote for the leadership that runs this country?
Isn’t that one of the many battles Martin Luther King, Jr. and other great civil rights leaders fought so hard to win?
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]