San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not exercise his right to vote in the presidential election Tuesday, CSN Bay Area reported.
“For me, it’s another face that’s going to be the face of that system of oppression, and to me, it didn’t really matter who went in there. The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color,” he reportedly said Wednesday on a conference call set up to discuss with reporters the 49ers' upcoming game against the Cardinals.
Two ESPN personalities, Stephen A. Smith and Bomani Jones, had very different reactions to Kaepernick's reported decision not to vote.
Kaepernick has grabbed nationwide attention ever since sitting on the bench during the playing of the national anthem during a preseason game in August in an attempt to bring attention to racial injustice and police brutality.
Since that time, the quarterback has not been afraid to talk politics or mince words about the major parties' presidential candidates.
Kaepernick was quoted in September calling both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump "proven liars" and mentioned that watching both candidates battle for the White House was "embarrassing."
"At this point, in talking to one of my friends, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it's still evil," Kaepernick said two months ago.
The San Francisco signal-caller also attacked the Republican candidate's campaign slogan.
"He always says 'Make America Great Again,'" Kaepernick said in September. "Well, America's never been great for people of color. And that's something that needs to be addressed. Let's make America great for the first time."
Trump fired back and called Kaepernick's protest "a terrible thing" and suggested that the professional football player "find a country that works better for him."