On the Nov. 9 edition of ESPN’s “First Take,” sports journalist Stephen A. Smith blasts San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick for not voting in Tuesday’s election.
After nearly three months of kneeling during the national anthem to call out police brutality, Kaepernick has garnered support and a whirlwind of criticism. And initially, Smith supported him.
In an interview with Eric Branch, Kaepernick told the San Francisco Chronicle reporter that he did not vote and had no plans on doing so. The QB told Branch yesterday that both candidates are not worthy of his vote. Now, Kaepernick has lost a supporter.
Reporter: Have you voted?
Colin Kaepernick: "No."
Reporter: Are you going to vote?
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 8, 2016
However, Smith does not believe that the QB should complain if he refuses to participate in the process.
“I don’t want to hear a damn word he has to say,” Smith starts. “… He comes across as a flaming hypocrite … I’m not interested in a damn word he has to say. And quite frankly, I hope he goes away … For him not to vote … as far as I’m concerned, everything he said meant absolutely nothing!”