The 49 ers quarterback called both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton “proven liars” last month, but given the gravity of his protests and how much backlash he’s suffered while still continuing to kneel, it’s a bit surprising that he wouldn’t vote.
From Stephen A. Smith’s perspective, though, “surprising” puts it lightly.
The ESPN personality absolutely destroyed Kaepernick on Wednesday, calling him a “flaming hypocrite” for not voting. Asked if Kaepernick “betrayed his cause” on ESPN’s First Take , Smith didn’t hold back.
“For him not to vote…as far as I’m concerned, everything he told meant absolutely nothing! “
First Take (@ FirstTake) November 9, 2016
After all this noise that you constructed, even though you didnt intend to do so, by 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! ” Smith told. “Absolutely shameful!
The rant goes on for almost two minutes, but you get the idea.
Kaepernick’s protests began late in the NFL preseason, and soon gained subsistence from fellow football players, athletes in other athletics and athletes of all ages. Though he began the season as San Francisco’s back-up, Kaepernick earned the starting job last month, dedicating his cause both a second wind and a resurgence of backlash.
But none of it matters now. At least according to Smith.
“For him not to vote, as far as I’m concerned, everything he told meant absolutely nothing, ” Smith told. “I don’t want to hear another damn term from him.”