Watch Video: Colin Kaepernick Receives Muhammad Ali Award From Beyonce, Vows to Continue Protest Movement
Colin Kaepernick obtained Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce on Tuesday night time and vowed to proceed his protest motion, “with or without the NFL’s platform.”
Kaepernick, who opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract within the spring, started a wave of rise up within the NFL and throughout the sports activities world by sitting, at first, throughout the National Anthem earlier than the 49ers’ preseason video games in August 2016 in an try to deliver consideration to the perceived police mistreatment of black and minority ethnic communities within the United States. “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 instructed NFL Media in August 2016.
The sitting was kneeling throughout the anthem across the begin of September 2016, after Kaepernick met with Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who was briefly a protracted snapper with the Green Bay Packers. Ironically, although, it could have been U.S. President Donald Trump who drew most consideration to Kaepernick’s motion by attempting to vilify it.
As on-field protests intensified within the early fall, Trump instructed a rally in Alabama on September 23 that NFL staff house owners ought to react to kneeling gamers by saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell known as Trump’s feedback “divisive,” though Goodell has additionally stated since that gamers ought to stand for the anthem. The NFL has proposed donating $100 million to, “Causes considered important to African-American communities,” in accordance to ESPN. The transfer has reportedly proved divisive among the many league’s gamers.
“Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better,” Beyonce stated on Tuesday night time in quotes reported by ESPN. “To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.” Kaepernick, who’s on the shortlist for Time journal’s “Person of the Year” which might be revealed Wednesday, has not performed within the NFL since leaving the 49ers. He is at present suing a number of staff house owners for alleged collusion, claiming they intentionally denied him one other job within the league due to the controversy round him.
“The footprints he [Ali] leaves are large,” Kaepernick stated. “His life is and has been a multitextured tapestry that’s wealthy in love, knowledge, life classes and human kindness. I can solely hope that I am taking steps towards strolling on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to observe.”
The full award present will air on NBC Sports Network on Friday.