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Kaepernick: Election 'didn't really matter' to me

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 11/9/2016 by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
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Colin Kaepernick has no regrets about sitting out Tuesday's presidential election.

The San Francisco 49ers' polarizing quarterback did not vote and said Wednesday he "didn't really follow" the results as Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.

"I've been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole," Kaepernick told reporters in a conference call Wednesday. "So, for me, it's another face that's going to be the face of that system of oppression.

"And to me, it didn't really matter who went in there, the system still remains intact that oppresses people of color."

Kaepernick became one of Trump's targets when he refused to stand for the national anthem, later opting to kneel instead, to protest police brutality and racial injustices. Trump suggested in August that Kaepernick "find a country that works better for him," with the quarterback responding that the sentiment was "ignorant."

But Kaepernick spoke out against both Trump and Hillary Clinton after the first presidential debate.

"It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates," Kaepernick said. "Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who's less racist.

"And at this point ... you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it's still evil."

Photos: Kaepernick and national anthem protests

San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) take a knee during the national anthem before kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Kaepernick's national anthem protest
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