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?
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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