Magazine names Colin Kaepernick 'Citizen of the Year'

Lynette Rowe
November 14, 2017

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who is now without a team, has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick lands the cover of GQ Magazine as one of its Men of the Year. "It cost him his job", the article reads. That's made room for his protest to be interpreted in different ways, but rather than let "detractors will only twist your words and use them against you" as the GQ piece reads, the magazine invited Kaepernick's friends, mentors, and former teammates to shed light on why the objective of his protest should not be diluted over time.

Colin Kaepernick Visits Harlem for his GQ Men of the Year Moment.

GQ called Kaepernick "a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance", and solicited quotes from Sharia law sympathizer Linda Sarsour, who called the former football star "an American hero" and singer Harry Belafonte who used the platform to say that President "Trump has betrayed our nation".

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Kaepernick began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was named GQ's 2017 "Champion of the Year".

Kaepernick still remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March.

Brushing aside the issue of racism, Trump, the current USA president, told Kaepernick in August 2016 to "find a country that works better for him".

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