San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick defended his decision not to vote in Tuesday's U.S. elections saying that it would have been “hypocritical” for him to vote as that would have been a show of support for a “system of oppression” that he is against.
"You know, I think it would be hypocritical of me to vote," Kaepernick told reporters Sunday night after his team’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
"I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression. I'm not going to show support for that system. And to me, the oppressor isn't going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression."
The NFL star made headlines a few months ago when he kicked off a peaceful protest to highlight police brutality against Black people and other people of color by refusing to stand during the playing of the U.S. national anthem.
He has vowed to continue his protest until the end of racial injustice in the United States even after being attacked by some pro-police and pro-military people in the country who called his protest unpatriotic and an insult to the country’s army, which he denies.
The NFL star has also garnered tremendous support from current and former professional athletes as well as many anti-racist organizations around the country.
Kaepernick said he has received death threats over his protest and was even attacked by President-elect Donald Trump. "Maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it won't happen," Trump told a conservative Seattle radio talk show in September.