*ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went off on San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick for not voting in Tuesday’s election. Colin previously made his feelings about both presidential candidates known by calling them “proven liars” who were “trying to debate who’s less racist.”
“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said after watching the presidential debate. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”
After revealing to a reporter his plans to not exercise his right to vote, Smith went off on the activist/quarterback on Wednesday’s “First Take”:
“As far as I’m concerned Colin Kaepernick is irrelevant,” Smith said. “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. He comes across as a flaming hypocrite. As far as i’m concerned, I’m not interested in a damn word that he has to say. i hope he goes away.”
Reporter: Have you voted?
Colin Kaepernick: “No.”
Reporter: Are you going to vote?
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 8, 2016
He added: “My days of rooting for him have come to an end and here is why. As an African-American in this country you have to be sensitive to the fact that civil rights legislation was passed in the mid 1960’s, ok? When we talk about the battles that have been fought, the things that have happened to people, what they’ve had to endure, the fact that folks ended up dying for the right for him to have the right to vote in this great country of ours, you have the opportunity to vote and what exactly is voting all about?”
Smith continued by asking his viewers, “Ladies and gentlemen, you know what voting is? Do you not understand that that’s the reason why we’re the greatest country on the planet earth? It’s not just because of our wealth. It’s not just because of the resources that we have available to us. It’s because we have the power to change and manipulate the course not just of our lives but of generations to come because of the voice that we have through the vote to promote change. If anybody in this country should appreciate that more, it is African-Americans, because that right wasn’t something that was always bestowed upon us.”
Watch Stephen’s rant below: