Colin Kaepernick is facing backlash—but it’s not his performance or protest on the football field.
Kaepernick—the 28-year-old quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, who famously protested the National Anthem—said that he didn’t vote on Nov. 8.
“I’ve been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole,” Kaepernick told ESPN. “So, for me, it’s another face that’s going to be the face of that system of oppression.”
Kaepernick added he “really didn’t pay too close of attention” on Election Day, adding that neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton could change a system that “oppresses people of color.”
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He added: “To me, it didn’t really matter who went in there. The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.”
ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith slammed Kaepernick.
“After all this noise that you made… to turn around and not to even take your behind to the polls, to vote for a particular candidate?” Smith said Wednesday. “It is shameful. Absolutely shameful.”
Amid the protests of the National Anthem before games, Kaepernick gave $1 million of his salary to organizations that aid communities in need.
And of the some the 231,556,662 eligible voters who cast their ballots in Tuesday’s election, about 26 percent voted for Clinton, while about 25 percent chose Trump. That means about 46.9 percent of voters neglected to exhibit their Constitutional right to vote.