Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during the Sport Illustrated 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017 at Barclays Center. His message is exclusively focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people.
Well said. In case you forgot, the football stud sparked national debate a year ago when he began kneeling during the national anthem in an attempt to protest racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. Although many have voiced their support for Colin, the American athlete has been met with quite a bit of criticism too.
J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans and Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros were honored at the event as joint winners of SI's annual Sportsperson of the Year Award. The award is given to athletes who use their platform to change the world, and Kaepernick has undoubtedly filled the requirements.
The football player said in his acceptance speech: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so proud and humbled to present the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick".
"Colin took action with no fear of effect or repercussion", Beyonce said.
Kaepernick accepted the award on behalf of others. While the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback continues his fight with the NFL after being outed from the organization due to his kneeling protest, his demonstration continues to gain momentum and places the league under the spotlight as athletes continue to speak out against injustices acted out on people of color.
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"With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people", Kaepernick concluded.
This year, hundreds of players followed suit, inducing the ire of President Trump. Sadly, the backlash from Colin's just protest has resulted in him being left a free agent in the NFL.
Kaepernick sparked a national debate when he began refusing to stand during the national anthem in September 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality in America.
"[His] only hope [was] to change the world for the better".
The show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.