Colin Kaepernick didn’t vote because ‘it didn’t really matter’

"The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color."

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two teammates take a knee during the US national anthem.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two teammates take a knee during the US national anthem. –EPA/JOHN G MABANGLO

Among the 46.9 percent of eligible United States voters who did not participate in Tuesday’s election was San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 29-year-old, who has become a polarizing figure in 2016 due to his national anthem protests, chose not to vote for the next president. In a recent conference call with media prior to the upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals, Kaepernick explained his rationalization for not voting.

“To me, it didn’t really matter who went in there,” Kaepernick said. “The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.”

His opinion of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was equally bad.

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“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said of after a presidential debate in September. “Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who is less racist, and at this point, I was talking to one of my friends who goes, ‘You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.'”

Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem throughout the 2016 season.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL reporter Steve Wyche in August. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

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