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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?


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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