Beyonce Presents Colin Kaepernick with Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Beyonce Presents Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick, Thanks Him for His Sacrifice

Beyonce Presents Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick, Thanks Him for His Sacrifice

Free agent NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a national movement among professional athletes when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality, was honored for his actions last night at Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The "Flawless" hitmaker concluded: "We're still waiting for the world to catch up.His message is exclusively focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people".

On receiving his award, Colin Kaepernick said: "I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialised injustice and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America".

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.

The award which was announced by Trevor Noah is given to an athlete who uses their platform to promote change.

Kaepernick has not signed with any team this season, which many National Football League observers believe is as much a effect of his political stance as his skill level. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick told NFL Media in August 2016.

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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. Past winners include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell and Magic Johnson. "I can only hope that I'm taking steps toward walking in the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow". The awards show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.

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