GQ Names Colin Kaepernick ‘Citizen of the Year’

By NTK Staff | 11.13.2017 @1:01pm
GQ Names Colin Kaepernick ‘Citizen of the Year’

The fashion magazine claims Kaepernick is "one of the most gifted quarterbacks on earth" and that he's unemployed today because of his protests.

Men’s magazine Gentleman’s Quarterly (GQ) announced that it honored NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick as its ‘Citizen of the Year’ on Monday.

The quarterback once led the San Francisco 49ers to within yards of a Super Bowl victory, but most of his fame has come from his protests during the national anthem. In 2016, Kaepernick began protesting during the “Star-Spangled Banner” prior to NFL games, citing police oppression of African-Americans.

The 49ers compiled a 2-14 record during Kaepernick’s protest season, and the team let the quarterback go at the end of the year.

Since then, many on the left have attributed the quarterback’s unemployment to his protests, and GQ took this stance in their profile:

[Kaepernick] is still, to this day, one of the most gifted quarterbacks on earth. And yet he has been locked out of the game he loves—blackballed—because of one simple gesture: He knelt during the playing of our national anthem. And he did it for a clear reason, one that has been lost in the yearlong storm that followed. He did it to protest systemic oppression and, more specifically, as he said repeatedly at the time, police brutality toward black people.

The GQ profile cited ten other left-wing activists, including two of the original Women’s March organizers, in support of Kaepernick.

The magazine usually honors some sort of performer to take its “Men of the Year,” with actors and other performers taking the lion’s share of the award.

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