Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine's citizen of the year

Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine's citizen of the year

Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine's citizen of the year

When Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of police brutality, it sparked a national conversation-one that has blackballed him from the NFL but is still echoing strong, as evidenced by GQ magazine.

Kaepernick was the first pro-athlete to take a knee during the national anthem at NFL games previous year in protest over police brutality, and racial and social injustice.

The player didn't give an interview to the magazine, but "remained silent" and posed for photographs. "It cost him his job", the article reads.

Kaepernick began a movement previous year when he kneeled during the national anthem before a game as a way of peacefully protesting injustice toward minorities in the United States.

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In 1967, Ali, an outspoken protester against the war, was arrested for draft dodging and stripped of all his boxing titles and licenses following his refusal to fight in Vietnam, spending more than three years out of the ring and losing millions of dollars.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the National Football League - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality", the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.

He was intitally backed by his team, the San Francisco 49ers, but faced a barrage of abuse and criticism, including comments from then presidential hopeful Donald Trump. He linked his inability to find a new club with the protests he displayed previous year.

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