San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was never impressed with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump – adn he opted to sit out this presidential election.
Kaepernick, who came to prominence in August for a protest during the national anthem, said both are “proven liars,” according to The Sacramento Bee.
“Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist,” Kaepernick said. “At this point — talking to one of my friends — you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.”
Kaepernick attacked Republican nominee Donald Trump, who responded to the quarterback’s protest by telling him to leave the country if he was not happy with how things were being done.
“It’s a very ignorant statement that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all you should leave the country,” said Kaepernick. “He always says, ‘Make America great again.’ Well, America has never been great for people of color. That’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time.”
Kaepernick has been joined in his anthem protest by other NFL players, including seven members of the 49ers.
In addition, some demonstrators in Charlotte, North Carolina, protesting the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott, took inspiration from the quarterback by taking a knee during demonstrations.
“I think that’s people responding to the oppression that’s going on, the injustices that are going on, officers walking free for murder,” said Kaepernick.
Thus far, the NFL has opted not to punish or discipline Kaepernick for his protests or comments.
Sources: The Sacramento Bee, The Wall Street Journal / Photo credit: Colin Kaepernick/Facebook