Kaepernick is GQ’s ‘Citizen of the Year’

Kaepernick is GQ’s ‘Citizen of the Year’
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November 14

Kaepernick is GQ’s ‘Citizen of the Year’

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and free safety Eric Reid (35) kneel during the playing of the national anthem before a NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, California September 12, 2016. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Nov 14 ― Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling during the US national anthem last year to protest police brutality against African-Americans, was named “Citizen of the Year” yesterday by GQ magazine.

In making the selection, GQ compared Kaepernick to American sports icons such as boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War, and Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball.

“He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL ― all because he took a knee to protest police brutality,” the magazine said.

“But Colin Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson ― athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”

Kaepernick has been publicly silent as his protest gesture was adopted by other NFL players and swirled into a major controversy involving President Donald Trump, who has said players who kneel during The Star-Spangled Banner should be fired.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed for the GQ article but put out a tweet saying he was “honoured to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year.

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