San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, is coming under fire again for his hypocritical protests of the nation’s elections and ongoing issues that “offend” him.
Kaepernick has been in the news this NFL season for taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, sparking a movement by liberal athletes and a firestorm of debate throughout the country.
Some praised Kaepernick for his honesty and for standing up for his beliefs in a very public manner, but it’s put a dent in his popularity both on and off the field.
Most Americans, however, were disgusted at Kaepernick’s disloyalty to the traditions of a nation in which he has risen to fame and fortune – especially considering his status as an athlete and role model to the nation’s youth.
Now Kaepernick is under fire again because after all his attention-grabbing protests and complaints about the state of our nation, he apparently declined to vote in last week’s historic election.
“It’s more surprising that Kaepernick apparently also doesn’t much care about the difference between the two candidates for U.S. Senate in California, doesn’t think any of the state and local elections matter, and doesn’t think any of the propositions matter,” Smith said.
“Does Kaepernick really see no connection at all between any of those races and the issues he speaks out about?
“If Kaepernick cares about police mistreatment of black men in America, he should care about the way America is governed,” Smith concluded. “He didn’t care enough to vote.”
If Kaepernick truly cared about the issues he claims to, he would have exercised his right to vote on the issues to express his desire for change – instead of using some attention-grabbing ploy to disrespect patriotic Americans by taking a knee at a football game.
Athletes are in a vital position of being watched and listened to by millions of Americans, especially our youth.
Instead of using his fame to encourage his fans to vote for change, he gained national attention with his disrespectful actions, and then made them null-and-void by not bothering to vote on the issues he was protesting in the first place.
Former fans, media personalities, and even Kaepernick’s own birth mother have chastised the athlete for being a hypocrite.
His birth mother tweeted,
“There’s ways to make change w/o disrespecting & bringing shame to the very country & family who afforded you so many blessings.”
And a reporter tweeted his conversation with Kaepernick on the importance of voting on the issues he claimed to care about:
Reporter: Have you voted?
Colin Kaepernick: “No.”
Reporter: Are you going to vote?
Colin Kaepernick had no problem garnering national attention by expressing his outrage and disgust with the current state of the nation, but then when he decided he didn’t care enough to stand behind his words and actions by voting, he had nothing to say.
Newsmax reported on ESPN commentator Stephen Smith’s comments about Kaepernick not choosing to vote:
“As far as I am concerned, Colin Kaepernick is absolutely irrelevant,” Smith railed. “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.”
And that was just the beginning.
“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,” he continued.
“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.”