WASHINGTON: Colin Kaepernick — the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started kneeling through the US nationwide anthem final yr to protest police brutality towards African-People — was named “Citizen of the Yr” on Monday by GQ journal.
In making the choice, GQ in contrast Kaepernick to American sports activities icons corresponding to boxer Muhammad Ali — who opposed the Vietnam Struggle — and Jackie Robinson, the primary black participant in Main League Baseball (MLB).
“He is been vilified by hundreds of thousands and locked out of the NFL — all as a result of he took a knee to protest police brutality,” the journal said.
“However Colin Kaepernick’s decided stand places him in uncommon firm in sports activities historical past: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked the whole lot to make a distinction.”
Kaepernick has been publicly silent as his protest gesture was adopted by different NFL gamers and swirled into a serious controversy involving President Donald Trump, who has stated gamers who kneel throughout “The Star-Spangled Banner” ought to be fired.
Kaepernick declined to be interviewed for the GQ article however put out a tweet saying he was “honored to be acknowledged by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Yr.”
The 30-yr-previous Kaepernick additionally posed for a video and footage with youngsters in New York’s Harlem.
Kaepernick is a free agent this yr however has not been signed by any Nationwide Soccer League group, prompting him to file a collusion grievance towards the league.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March. He led the 49ers to the 2013 Tremendous Bowl, the place they misplaced to Baltimore 34-31.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has denied the league has intentionally stored Kaepernick off of rosters, however as quarterbacks have turn into injured in current weeks he has not been given a tryout.
Kaepernick has accomplished almost 60 % of his profession NFL passes for 12,271 yards and seventy two touchdowns with 30 interceptions in sixty nine NFL video games.
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