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Colin Kaepernick has made quite a name for himself this year.

He’s the man who singlehandedly destroyed the NFL’s TV ratings while contributing to the violent and caustic dialogue currently taking place in America. A dialogue that consists of little by way of conversation, but much by way of violence and fear mongering.

For the most part the media has celebrated and defended Kaepernick, even as the NFL’s ratings have continued to drop. That was up until the media learned that Kaepernick didn’t vote in the most recent election. Over on ESPN, the blunt and ever honest Stephen A. Smith blew a gasket and lambasted the quarterback for his obvious hypocrisy.

“As far as I’m concerned, Colin Kaepernick is absolutely irrelevant. I don’t want to see him again. I don’t want to hear from him again. I don’t wanna hear a damn word about anything he has to say about our nation — the issues that we have, racial injustices, needing change, et cetera, et cetera. He comes across as a flaming hypocrite…

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After all this noise that you made, even though you didn’t intend to do so by offending our military servicemen 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 to 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 even have the decency to go to the polls and activate yourself in this election, as our president said, is a damn shame.

I don’t want to hear another word from Colin Kaepernick! It’s a waste of time…”

See the entirety of the segment with Stephen A. Smith below:

Thursday morning Stephen A. doubled down on his criticism of Kaepernick.

Smith is right on the money here. Kaepernick cannot have it both ways. He can’t cry about oppression and pretend to be actively contributing to the process of “fixing” the system while also refusing to participate in the system. His decision not to vote undermines his protest of what he calls a corrupt American system… and it lays bare, as Stephen A. Smith says, the selfish motives behind Kaepernick’s protest.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.


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