If you're going to be as woke as Colin Kaepernick has been this season, does that mean you have to vote?
Stephen A. Smith seems to think so.
The outspoken ESPN personality ripped Kaepernick on First Take on Wednesday, calling the San Francisco 49ers' QB "absolutely irrelevant" and a "flaming hypocrite" for not voting, simply watching Donald Trump become president, instead.
As Smith explained, Kaepernick not voting "betrayed" his season's worth of social activism, which has had him sitting and kneeling during the national anthem as a stance against racism and police brutality in America and launching a Black Panther-inspired youth camp in Oakland.
"He absolutely betrayed his cause. As far as I'm concerned, Colin Kaepernick is absolutely irrelevant," Smith said on the show. "I don't want to see him again. I don't want to hear from him again. I don't want to hear a damn word about anything that he has to say about our nation, the issues that we have, racial injustices, needing change, etc, etc. He comes across as a flaming hypocrite. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not interested in a damn word that he has to say and quite frankly, I hope he goes away."
Watch Smith's full scathing words for Kaepernick below.
Smith's biting take on Kaepernick comes after the 29-year-old QB told a pool of reporters in late September that both Hillary Clinton and Trump are "proven liars," trying to "debate who's less racist."
On Tuesday, he added that he has never voted and won't vote for this election, either.
That was enough to set Stephen A. off.
Did Smith go too hard or did he make a valid point?
If Kaepernick is going to be the face of social activism and change, does he need to vote?
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