San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) hangs out before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on October 2, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Colin Kaepernick sitting out election

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has emerged as a major civil rights activist this year from his continued protest of the national anthem.

He’s previously criticized both candidates for president this year, saying they’re “embarrassing” and their first meeting was nothing more than a debate to determine “who’s less racist.”

Kaepernick met with the media on Tuesday and discussed how he’s progressing in Chip Kelly’s offense, the growth of Quinton Patton as a receiver and how he’s going to rebound this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, against whom he’d played his worst game as a pro earlier in his career.

But one thing he’s not interested in is participating in the election this year.

According to Sacramento Bee 49ers reporter Matt Barrows, Kaepernick said he won’t vote in this election.

It’s not an overly surprising development considering his previously stated opinions on the candidates. But it is another chapter in Kaepernick’s story of using his position as a professional athlete to take a stance politically.

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