The Flaming Hypocrite Sits Out the 2016 Election

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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Since Kaepernick announced he would not stand for the song in protest of racial discrimination against blacks in the United States, many performers are now rethinking offers to sing the national anthem. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Yesterday morning, Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take went off on a tirade against Colin Kaepernick who either made a conscientious abstention from voting through non-participation- basically taking another knee over standing up; or he was simply lazy and disinterested. Either way, he undermines his own credibility to the political cause he came to embody. His explanation? Here you go:

Late Wednesday, Kaepernick spoke with reporters during a conference call from Arizona where the 49ers are gearing up for a game against the Cardinals, and he explained why he chose not to vote. He said that he didn’t approve of any of the candidates in the presidential race, which is why he didn’t spend much time worrying about who was going to win. He also said that he “really didn’t pay too close of attention” to the outcome of the election on Tuesday night.

“I’ve been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole,” he said. “So for me, it’s another face that’s going to be the face of that system of oppression. And to me, it didn’t really matter who went in there. The system remains intact that oppresses people of color.”

As ESPN pointed out, the fact that Kaepernick didn’t vote probably shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Back in September, he was very vocal about how he didn’t think that either of the two main candidates was qualified for the job of President of the United States of America. “To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” he said following the first presidential debate. “Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who is less racist, and at this point, I was talking to one of my friends who goes, ‘You have to pick the lesser of the two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.'”

Stephen A. Smith answers back:

10 Responses to “The Flaming Hypocrite Sits Out the 2016 Election”

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    I wonder if the rest of the NFL is content with making less money on future contracts and losing their endorsement so that Colin can make his statement. Yes, the NFL is being slowly diminished and it started with one moron. Sometimes these setbacks are permanent. I like many Americans don’t care; I watched the World Series, on the boob tube, and had a lot of fun. They still consider themselves to be patriotic Americans and I have become a baseball fan.

    Good show Cubbies!

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    @Skook: @Skook:
    It was actually something that was coming as to the NFL. I think it just needed someone to finally light the fuse and that moron was it.

    As you can guess Skook, I am one happy human and Cub fan!!

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    Nanny G

    In the Brexit vote those for Stay were counting on all their Muslim residents standing with them.
    But Muslims all over the world are told that EVERY non-Sharia gov’t is ”unIslamic and unworthy of support.
    So, Muslims are discouraged from voting.
    And Brexit won because so many Muslims in UK sat home.
    In the USA, too, many Muslims are discouraged from voting in our elections.

    Colin Kaepernick, via his girlfriend, has aligned himself with two quasi-Muslim movements: the New Black Panthers and the BLM.
    His girlfriend seems to pull all his strings.
    So, she’s the one with the real answers as to why he didn’t vote.
    Someone ought to ask her.

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    ESPN lost over six hundred thousand paid subscribers in October alone. Say what you will about politicizing sports, but it certainly ain’t profitable.

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    Richard Wheeler

    @Skook: Baseball fan Better late than never-Skook–I’ve loved baseball since I was 5. Patriotism has got nothing to do with it. Are Cubs more patriotic than Indians? lol
    Happy Birthday Marine

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