Colin Kaepernick Named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ Magazine

Doug Mendoza
November 14, 2017

Being dubbed this generation's iconic civil rights leader by legendary Olympian John Carlos, who is known for raising his fist in protest during the 1968 Olympics, Kaepernick makes a strong statement on the magazine's cover.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who instigated the National Football League anthem protests, has been named GQ magazine's "Citizen Of The Year" for 2017.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to American sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

In taking a knee, Kaepernick took a stand and inspired a movement that has reverberated around the world, and that's why GQ named Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year.

The article also contains short statements of Kaepernick's 10 closest confidants, including rapper J.Cole, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, activist Carmen Perez and national co-chair for Women's March Tamika Mallory, who shared their views on the subject of social activism.

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The accompanying piece from GQ is titled, "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced".

A quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick was not resigned after the season ended earlier this year.

Kaepernick says on Twitter he's "honored" by the recognition.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was named GQ's 2017 "Champion of the Year".

Brushing aside the issue of racism, Trump, the current U.S. president, told Kaepernick in August 2016 to "find a country that works better for him".

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