Quarterback who risked everything to make a difference receives ‘Citizen of the Year’ by GQ.
“Celebrating the man who became a movement” – GQ editors wrote
GQ has named former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick its 2017 Citizen of the Year. Kaepernick, whose protests of racism and police brutality caused national outrage and has been one of the reoccurring topics throughout the year. Kaepernick continues his protest and has remained unemployed after opting out of his contract earlier this year. ⠀
Despite his silent protest Kaepernick agreed to collaborate with GQ for their December ‘Men of the Year’ issue. The collaboration included a team of people including rapper J. Cole, directer Ava DuVernay, and activist Harry Belafonte to speak of the subject of activism and equality. The spread included images taken by Martin Schoelller of Kaepernick recreating Muhammad Ali’s anti- Vietnam War protest during the 60s.
He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. 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.- GQ editors wrote
Some stormed to social media to argue GQ’s choice in citizen of the year including Ex-ESPN sports reporter Britt McHenry.
Despite some negative feedback via social media there were those that stood in support.
In 2013, Colin Kaepernick was on the cover of this magazine because he was one of the best football players in the world. In 2017, Colin Kaepernick is on GQ’s cover once again – but this time it is because he isn’t playing football. And it’s not because he’s hurt, or because he’s broken any rules, or because he’s not good enough.- GQ editors wrote
Despite contrary belief Kaepernick will go down in sporting history along icons like Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson.
Check out the full GQ article here: Citizen of the Year – Colin Kaepernick