Nearly a week after the presidential election, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is continuing to defend his decision not to vote.
After saying last week that the outcome of the election "didn't really matter" to him, Kaepernick said Sunday that he didn't want to endorse the process by participating.
“You know, I think it would be hypocritical of me to vote," Kaepernick told reporters after the 49ers' 23-20 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.”
Kaepernick drew criticism from Donald Trump in August, when the current President-elect spoke out against the quarterback's decision to protest brutality and racial injustices by kneeling during the national anthem. Trump suggested that Kaepernick "find a country that works better for him."
Asked if Trump's rise added urgency to his cause, Kaepernick said that was not necessarily the case.
“I think everybody should feel urgency, to make sure we’re doing the right thing, building, you know, things the right way, in order to be able to protect ourselves from the things that may come from this," Kaepernick said.