ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith went bananas on Wednesday and blasted Colin Kaepernick for not going to the polls.
During an episode of First Take, Smith accused the NFL player of being a “hypocrite” and was emphatic about no longer supporting Kaepernick.
Earlier this year, the 49ers quarterback vowed to not stand for the National Anthem because he doesn’t want to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
The athlete is using a major platform in efforts to create change and bring light to ongoing social injustices, but to Smith’s point, part of making change includes voting.
“As far as I’m concerned, Colin Kaepernick is absolutely irrelevant. I don’t want to see him again, I don’t want hear from him again, I don’t want to hear a damn word about anything he has to say about our nation … He comes across as a flaming hypocrite,” Smith yelled.
He continued, “After all this noise that you made, even though you didn’t intended to do so, by offending our military service men 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! 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 have the decency to go to the polls and activate yourself in this election, as our president said, ‘it’s a damn shame.'”
Stephen also requested that the media in “this station” to take the camera completely off the athlete unless he is making another “incomplete pass.”
He concluded, “For him not to vote, as far as I’m concerned, everything he said meant absolutely nothing.”
After Smith made headlines of his comments, the sports journalist did the opposite of back down … he added some of his very quotes to social media.
Kaepernick has not responded to Stephen’s rant, but several people on social media did. Many suggested Smith had a point; others, however, had Kaepernick’s back.
One user tweeted: “That logic doesn’t make sense. Voting for the same system you’re against doesn’t bring change.”
Someone else wrote: “He preach that I’m a black man sh*t, but has also said on tv that Trump was friendly to him.”
One comment read: “I agree. Not exercising that right after years of spilled blood is deplorable! He’s dead to me now!”
Do agree with Smith? Or do you defend Colin’s choice to not vote?