Colin Kaepernick has been one of the most polarizing figures in sports and politics over the last several months. The National Football League quarterback started a media circus when he refused to stand for the national anthem at NFL games in protest over unfair treatment of African Americans, specifically in regards to law enforcement interactions.
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Well, you may or may not have heard that Kaepernick didn’t help his cause this week. Kaepernick couldn’t even be bothered to show up at the polls and cast a vote in the most recent presidential election.
Well, that didn’t sit too well with firebrand ESPN commentator Stephen A Smith who went off on Kaepernick in a fiery tirade that laid Kaepernick’s entire “movement” bare.
Here is a partial transcript of what Smith had to say about Kaepernick. Check out the video below the quote.
“As far as I am concerned, 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 wanna hear a damn word about anything he has to say about our nation — the issues that we have, racial injustices, needing change, etcetera, etcetera. He comes across as a flaming hypocrite.”
“After all this noise that you made, even though you didn’t intend to do so by offending our military servicemen and women…to turn around and not to even take your behind to the polls to vote for a particular candidate — it is shameful! Absolutely shameful!”
“Him of all people, because of the position he took, because of the attention he brought to the issues, the fact that you don’t even have the decency to go to the polls and activate yourself in this election, as our president said, is a damn shame. I don’t want to hear another word from Colin Kaepernick! It’s a waste of time.”
“I would personally make a request to the media in this nation. Wherever he is, if he ain’t on that football field trying to throw another damn incomplete pass, do me a favor and make sure of one thing: Take the camera away from him. It means nothing!”
Here is a video of the rant, from ESPN’s First Take Facebook page: