Colin Kaepernick wins Sports Illustrated’s Muhammed Ali Legacy Award for kneeling protest
Beyonce introduced Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night time, and Kaepernick promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.”
Beyonce was introduced out as a shock presenter by comic Trevor Noah. She mentioned she was “proud and humbled” to current the award.
“Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion,” Beyonce mentioned. “Only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other. Especially people of colour.”
Last yr’s Ali Award winner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, known as Kaepernick a “worthy recipient” throughout a video tribute.
“He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African Americans their opportunities to equal education, jobs, health and even their lives,” Abdul-Jabbar mentioned.
Kaepernick started kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem final season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of protests by NFL gamers throughout the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump.
Kaepernick parted methods with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by one other crew. He filed a grievance towards the NFL in October alleging that he stays unsigned on account of collusion by homeowners following his protests.
He spoke Tuesday about persevering with Ali’s legacy for preventing social injustice, saying the boxing nice “mentored me without ever meeting me.”
“The footprints he leaves are large,” Kaepernick mentioned, “and his life is and has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I’m taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.”
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Kaepernick skipped the pink carpet previous to the present and was not obtainable for questions. The awards present will probably be broadcast Friday night time on NBC Sports Network.
Kaepernick additionally not too long ago was honoured by the ACLU of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and was named GQ journal’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism, which included pledging $1 million to “organisations working in oppressed communities.”