Stephen A. defends his Colin Kaepernick criticisms | First Take

Stephen A. Smith explains that Colin Kaepernick electing not to show up to the NFL’s originally scheduled workout and plan his own proves he didn’t really want to play in the league.
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  • I love it when the snowflakes start eating each other alive🤭😂😂

    Benny BlancoBenny Blanco2 days ago
  • Patriots new kneeing quarterback Colin Kaepernick it would be fitting

    B KB K2 days ago
  • So it's January 19, 2020. The 49'ers just beat the TN Titans and are heading to the superbowl. Should the 'Niners hurry and bring Colin back to play in the Super Bowl because he's such a great QB it will help them win?

    Therus FostersonTherus Fosterson6 days ago
  • 49ers to the Superbowl! They should have cut Colin Kaepernick long before they did. Pathetic piece of untalented garbage!

    Jeremy BarrettJeremy Barrett7 days ago
  • It’s simple, Colin - even if you don’t like it, you have to learn to deal with it. Maybe even if you were a better player that people knew, they would listen to you.

    The Lord of ShadowsThe Lord of Shadows15 days ago
  • Kaepernick go to the CFL. He should have negotiated with the AAF.

    Journal WrightJournal Wright17 days ago
  • Go Stephen A!

    Jack HsuJack Hsu19 days ago
  • If Kaepernick hates America so much, then why don't he simply go play RUGBY or SOCCER/FUTBOL somewhere else like Iran?

    Display NameDisplay Name21 day ago
  • Kaepernick is lost in his mind he really needs to sit down with someone and open up and figure out tools to deal with those problems

    Slum GodSlum God22 days ago
  • Stephen A. "Corporatism.......ISM"Smith

    Debts Without RegretDebts Without RegretMonth ago
  • Kap 2020

    CoreyCoreyMonth ago
  • He BIG MAD!!! Mr. Smith we on the side Big Dog

    regular ol Danielregular ol DanielMonth ago
  • Max kellerman is not here to talk sports he's here to wave an SJW flag

    Bill CarsonBill CarsonMonth ago
  • You are so full of bs

    Raymond BalderamaRaymond BalderamaMonth ago
  • After all that bs he displayed he clearly said it’s legit that nfl told him we paid you stfu oh you want another chance after we paid you🤷‍♂️ this only reason he came with paperwork same paperwork he signed that has shyt to do with other things he’s forced to accept correct?? My only question is when will this guy have to wear pink for a day🤔🤔🤔

    MAY 4THMAY 4THMonth ago
  • Stephen A., I once enjoyed your commentaries. Then you became a regular self absorbed critic for the machine, government own, peckerwood authenticated. now you're a puffed-up , with an arrogant disposition speaking solely on behalf of the boss. (of course you wont retract any dumbness you project onto the masses, you're the top agent. for now. .)

    SEEKING-AHAYAH's KingdomSEEKING-AHAYAH's KingdomMonth ago
  • Can’t understand why he can’t support what he believes, mean while the same devils are rigging these football games because of sports betting as soon as it became legal jets beat cowboys? I’m not a fan of either but that was a bigger crime your rigging stealing from sports betting stop fixing the games bro

    Kristine SebastineKristine SebastineMonth ago
  • well said brother, time to take a breath, we understand you.

    Perry DavidsonPerry DavidsonMonth ago
  • I will never support any network that gives this man a job . Colin.

    Greg KurishGreg KurishMonth ago
  • Sorry I don't understand why we even care about this? PAY MY BILLS , then we can talk. Moron.

    Greg KurishGreg KurishMonth ago
  • Their is no white and black when it is all blue collar.

    Greg KurishGreg KurishMonth ago
  • This is the first time I him makes sense.

    Greg KurishGreg KurishMonth ago
  • Is Stephen A arguing that its 2x harder to get into the nfl or be signed by a team if your black? Is he saying that teams will pass over better talent because of their skin color? Give me a break. How about its 2x harder for assholes to be signed by a team

    Tyler WojnarowskiTyler WojnarowskiMonth ago
  • Props to you Steven A

    Bobby MartinBobby MartinMonth ago
  • Steven A Smith I’m disappointed in you for taking this stance. Yes what you said is reality but you went through those things to insure that my generation would not. If you expect us to just except it then where is the progress my friend? Also it’s been proved that they tried to get him to sign his rights away, please get all the facts before you take such a polarizing stance. Do better my friend, do better

    Dr. Bernard ShortDr. Bernard ShortMonth ago
    • Dr. Bernard Short no major league sports has freedom of speech. Kap does not get a pass because he is black. Drew Brees said one thing and he had to apologize to gays. DJ you think he wanted to? No he had to because the nfl made him. One your boss tells you do something you don’t have to do it. But he also does not have to keep you employed. The rights you think you have when you enter a nfl stadium is just not the case. You dont have freedom of speech in a nfl arena but I know you liberals like to think that. If you want to protest go to a public space a do so but the nfl has the right to shut it down on their property or by their players

      Donald TrumpDonald Trump21 day ago
  • Max Kellerman, I will say anything to be on tv

    Roy WintersRoy WintersMonth ago
    • Hahahha indeed

      Donald TrumpDonald Trump21 day ago
  • Colin is a B-class player with an A-class hatred for America. Pulling these stunts, this “Unthanksgiving” BS... I wouldn’t hire him to wash dishes.

    Former CentristFormer CentristMonth ago
  • Colin probably helped the people who caught passes get signed

    aj eckleyaj eckleyMonth ago
  • Stephen A. is a sell-out

    Steven H WangSteven H WangMonth ago
  • Stephan A..... You are a company man and you buck dance or fence sit from time to time... Ever since ESPN "smacked" your hand for that squabble with that whyte woman analyst you have watched your step even if you are right...

    Ace ShabazzAce ShabazzMonth ago
  • Dude this man is slitting fire right now. That was a great take. Very unbiased.

    Shane MolineShane MolineMonth ago
  • Who gives a --t! Stop talking about the dude already and maybe he’ll go away.

    BrianBrianMonth ago
  • First of all this is not Colin”s company so when he is on the clock and at work he just can’t do whatever he wants to do, second, there is a place and time to protest for good cause and on the job when there is many replacements is not the place. Third let’s get some of our Black voices to lead a parade on stop Black on Black crimes and killing then is feel like we would have a platform to stand on with Police Brutality I just don’t like the fact that we think that we can kill our Brother but the Police officer can’t..... Let come together stop the main one Black on Black and then we can focus on the outsiders?

    arn smitharn smithMonth ago
  • He’s worth a lot more bitching than he is a qb!! Drop the mic!!!

    barrett hainesbarrett hainesMonth ago
  • I just a question .In the three yrs he been out of the nfl did anyone see him protest or stand up or say anything about what he kneel down about ? He had 3 yrs he hasing said anything about race or police or nothing .....second he only kneel down after he was benched .and it was kap who turned down the niners contract .then u call out a job you want and start more trouble wow. Hes a cry baby looking for attention ...he should play for the lfl

    Pickelbarrow PineapplePickelbarrow PineappleMonth ago
  • liver lipps lol

    bryan hipplerbryan hipplerMonth ago
  • Stephen A is right. It’s one thing to make an argument against the waiver, which I will as well, but it’s another to completely ignore the conditions of the waiver. Rules are rules, just like with the NFL’s prohibition on marijuana use before games.

    THE JACK HQTHE JACK HQMonth ago
  • I am with you Steven A.!! And Kap aint one of us. Kap aint never been like us. Kap has a white momma, Kap was raised by white parents in a white area. This guy has been a phony from day one. And shut your white mouth Max..trying to act like you are upset to appease us.

    WilliamWilliamMonth ago
  • Bottom line, CK is still a top NFL capable quarterback. Overall uninjured, healthy NFL quarterbacks can play well into their late 30s. Tom Brady is not a Devine athlete, his longevity is based on the greatest coach in NFL history. CK could help immediately teams like Dallas, Chicago, NY (both teams), Rams, Need I go on. Clearly this is a situation where certain egotistical owners are proving they can't say "I might have been wrong" or " I'm sorry". Even compromise when ego becomes involved. I believe the NFL owners are split over CK. Shame, since a smart team owner could change his entire teams financial position today with his addition, period. He is a tall version of Russell Wilson and same age. Proven and very healthy with all the knowledge. Shame Paul Allen isn't here. No ego, heart and brains. I'm guessing most NFL owners must think of themselves like former plantation owners. Shame... Stephen A. knows his place. $ forbids his sole, for now.

    CD ArthurCD ArthurMonth ago
  • A cut out of different nfl players would add more to the show than molly.

    Ian BrownIan BrownMonth ago
  • Look how uncomfortable those white people are. Haha

    kane lavallakane lavallaMonth ago
  • There is no such thing as white privelage.

    DustinDustinMonth ago
  • Max Fart Kellerman lol

    William WheelerWilliam WheelerMonth ago
  • Stephen has unlike others, done his homework

    No NameNo NameMonth ago
  • Funny how when Kap's a starter, everything's good. Then he gets BENCHED and ALL OF A SUDDEN, he does something to put the spotlight back on himself. Not good enough to start? Cause a scene.

    Paul LeachPaul LeachMonth ago
  • Funny how when Kap's a starter, everything's good. Then he gets BENCHED and ALL OF A SUDDEN, he does something to put the spotlight back on himself. Not good enough to start? Cause a scene.

    Paul LeachPaul LeachMonth ago
  • He's black? Is this a black/white thing or just about a loser that disrespects America with his own politics?

    David StilesDavid StilesMonth ago
  • I dont care much for Stephen A but I agree with him on this one

    Russell MillerRussell MillerMonth ago
  • What I know Stephen A is your hair line is trash and your mouth stash is growing on one side. Use some of that money on yourself dude

    Milrok SeeksMilrok SeeksMonth ago
  • Justice for Juicy! Oh wrong guy.

    CanadianLoveKnotCanadianLoveKnotMonth ago
  • Stephen A, you're wrong and here's why. It has nothing to do with being a black player and white owners. If you pull a stunt like this, no one wants you on their team. Black owner, white owner, black teammate white teammate. it makes no difference. If you have the talent, you have nothing to worry about. This guy is a punk.

    CanadianLoveKnotCanadianLoveKnotMonth ago
  • Kapernick was the Jussie Smollett of the NFL.... Now he's nothing. If he was smart, he saved and invested some of that money in the past he made... We'll see.

    WaterlecWaterlecMonth ago
  • Colin visited Alcatraz supposedly in support of American Indians this week, as an American Indian decendent I resent him using our cause to support his White privilege. Funded by the NFL he has chosen a career as a civil rights advocate. That’s fine But don’t keep lying and pretending you’re being locked out of something that you want no part of in the first place. Good luck in your new career and perhaps get some advice from some of your predecessors like Al, Jesse,And some of the others that successfully blackmailed major corporations for personal benefit.

    mike millermike millerMonth ago
  • And like that I will watch nfl

    TabrisTabrisMonth ago
  • Can we please dispense with the notion that Colin Kaepernick's lack of employment as a QB in the NFL has anything at all to do with the color of his skin? If people anywhere seriously think that's the reason why Kaepernick isn't a QB somewhere, I'd like to see them make the case. Go team by team and explain why a particular team is racist. Keep in mind that Kaep could have been employed by now if he'd been willing to take the backup job.

    CJ BrozCJ BrozMonth ago
  • Stephen A is being real. Its a shame you are a sell out just because you don't support every effort a black person does.

    timmy D=timmy D=Month ago
  • Right on, Steven A!

    RobertRobertMonth ago
  • He wasn't willing to sell his soul to the devil. He never said he was willing to be a slave to play football. I won't hate him for that. Yes, he could have done it differently. Yes, he could have tapped danced in front of them. He said enough of us having to do that. If it means he doesn't have "a job", so be it. If we could all be in such a position...

    Pavonay DupreyPavonay DupreyMonth ago
  • This is my loathsome comment. Skip Bayliss should have alerted the world that a poison was cast down from his show, an empty man who can not be satisfied, who is sanctimonious at best like a second-rate preacher. And if this negro wasn't abused growing up or molested then ESPN is not owned by his Jewish handlers.

    Mark JohnsonMark JohnsonMonth ago
  • Man, I don’t really care about ESPN but this is one badass dude! Now this man has my respect!

    shane lauershane lauerMonth ago