Colin Kaepernick took the nation by storm when he first decided not to stand for the national anthem back in August.
Since, other football players, athletes and everyday citizens joined in the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's cause, which he said he began to protest the oppression of African Americans and police brutality. He said he would stand for the anthem again when he saw change.
Kaepernick garnered much support while others became outraged. However, on Tuesday, the day of the presidential election that republican nominee Donald Trump won, Kaepernick admitted that he did not vote and did not follow the results. He had stated earlier that he did not support either candidate.
When it was revealed that Kaepernick did not vote, many were stunned that the man who began a movement in hopes of bringing about change did not participate in the democratic process to elect policy leaders who have the greater hand in enacting change.
Stephen A. Smith, an outspoken commentator on ESPN, had this to say when he found out that Kaepernick did not vote, calling the quarterback "selfish" among other things:
This is what people thought on Twitter:
Colin Kaepernick sits for the national anthem but didn't even vote!!!! You'll protest but not take real action??? Wowwwwww— Daniela Diaz (@Dawnyayluh) November 9, 2016
Colin Kaepernick took this stand all year and now he turns around and says he didn't go out and vote #joke— Michael (@MikeLeite) November 9, 2016
I am highly disappointed that Colin Kaepernick didn't vote. How are you gonna make that much noise then turn around and not vote smh— PABLO (@TopNotchJR) November 9, 2016
Wait a minute...Colin Kaepernick...the man that created the huge outcry for change and kneeled for the national anthem...didn't even vote? 🤔— Kevin White (@K_P_W3) November 9, 2016
Oh and Colin Kaepernick you can quit your protest against racial inequality, because you didn't even exercise your right to vote # pathetic— Corey VanSchaick (@CoreyVanShaq) November 9, 2016
me, after finding out colin kaepernick didn't vote: pic.twitter.com/QIc5yxL3Ry— susan pevensie (@diannaprinced) November 9, 2016
Colin Kaepernick didn't vote. If that isn't the biggest slap of irony over the head, I don't know what is.— Savanna (@savanna) November 9, 2016
So Colin Kaepernick didn't vote??!! Wow!!! What about being a good example??!! But also what about the senate?? So many questions!!— Kimberlay Belizaire (@REDemption_4) November 9, 2016
Wow @Kaepernick7 didn't vote, that's a good way to get your voice heard. If Blacks don't vote Things will never change.— The Cleveland Kid (@UFC_Fan_Alex193) November 8, 2016
Colin Kaepernick I was in full support of you when u started your protest, but you are a fool for telling the world u did not vote. I— Sir Manolo (@senhor_manolo) November 11, 2016
i didn't support kaepernick before bc I knew he was doing it for attention, and def not now that he didn't vote..— Paulette Pineda (@PaulettePineda) November 10, 2016
Colin Kaepernick had my support until he said that he didn't vote. He wants change yet didn't take the EASY action of voting.— mike rink (@michaelrinker_) November 10, 2016
There were some that supported Kaepernick's choice:
Kaepernick stated he didn’t support any candidate. Why would he vote for one? Because you think he’s supposed to?. That aint how this works— Creed Bratton (@NIGNORAMUS) November 10, 2016
Yall don't even understand or truly support kaepernick if you mad he aint vote. 🗣ARE YALL DUMB— tamarind sauce. (@__KEEpsake) November 10, 2016
I still support Colin Kaepernick FULLY— Malcolm Ali (@WinterTimeSean) November 9, 2016
Kaepernick did not cede his first amendment right to speak—and his moral right to protest—by not voting. One can not vote & also protest.— Touré (@Toure) November 11, 2016
you've seen kaepernick doing work. if you think that's erased cuz he didn't vote, you're a coward looking for an excuse.— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) November 10, 2016
Colin Kaepernick didn't vote. Big deal. Look at his other actions that are more meaningful than voting. Measure him on that.— Mr. Ken (@kbinge) November 9, 2016