SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has become a key figure in a growing protest against racial inequality, had a harsh assessment of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a day after the first presidential debate.

“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”

Kaepernick also responded to a statement Trump made during an August radio interview in which he said Kaepernick’s anthem protest wasn’t “a good thing” and that the athlete might want to find a country that works better for him.

Kaepernick said it was “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 that you should leave the country.”

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

Comments (3)
  1. David Ortiz says:

    Who cares what Kaepernick thinks about the debates. His opinion means nothing and is NOT news worthy. Kaepernick is an ASS thinking that his football status should lend some credibility to his ridiculous protest. Grown up man and love this country like the rest of the people who love this country despite its drawbacks. I served in the military and do not appreciate his childish protest that mocks the integrity of this country.

  2. David Ortiz says:

    Why is the news media spending any time on what Kaepernick thinks about the debates. Kaepernick, spend more time learning to play footbal!!!

  3. Sweet Liberty says:

    Looks like the birth of a new Libertarian is in the works. #letgarydebate #GaryJohnson2016 #Libertarian

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