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Fans cheer Max Kellerman’s views on Colin Kaepernick, blast Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith doing a live ESPN segment at Wells Fargo Center (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson for Steed Media Service)

Stephen A. Smith doing a live ESPN segment at Wells Fargo Center (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson for Steed Media)

Stephen A. Smith may be the best-known and highest-paid employee in the history of ESPN, but Black Twitter is having a love affair with Max Kellerman because of his views supporting exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick. 

On the latest episode of the immensely popular ESPN show “First Take,” Kellerman endeared himself to the urban masses after adamantly supporting Kaepernick’s return to the NFL.

Smith, who is supportive of the social issues that Kaepernick first began to kneel for — including police brutality and judicial injustice — said he does not believe that Kaepernick wants to play in the NFL anymore. He also says he believes that Kaep, 32, is more invested in being a “martyr” than a player in the league.

Kellerman, who articulated persuasively that he is aware of his “white privilege,” said he is using his vast platform to “speak truth” to the flagrant injustices perpetrated against Kaepernick — especially when one understands that Kaepernick has never violated any U.S. laws. Kaepernick has also never broken any team rules or NFL regulations.

Smith, conversely, did say he wanted Kaepernick back in the NFL and that the former quarterback was wronged by the NFL. However, Smith departs from Kellerman’s view in saying Kaepernick’s methodology has been highly questionable of a man who says he wants to get back in the league.

For example, Smith says Kaepernick’s last-minute change of venue, coupled with donning the highly inflammatory “Kunte Kinte” T-shirt, were asinine actions that made NFL owners queasy and hesitant to sign him. Smith also reasoned that an unemployed man cannot dictate the terms of an interview with his potential boss — and then wear the T-shirt with a slave’s name to that meeting.

During the heated debate, Kellerman also expressed his view of what America should be working to become, which is justice and equality for everyone. By contrast Smith articulated that Blacks must operate with the harsh realities of today, including being very careful with their interactions with the police.

Fans weighed in on the two men’s compelling arguments with Black Twitter mostly siding with Kellerman. Here is a small sampling of the respondents.