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Colin Kaepernick named GQ's citizen of the year

Colin Kaepernick named GQ's citizen of the year
From CBC - November 14, 2017

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ magazine's Citizen of the Year for his activism and, as is often the case with Kaepernick, Twitter had lots to say about it.

Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked an ongoing wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that have been repeatedly denounced by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Despite being oneof the top ranked quarterback'sin the league, Kaepernickhas not been enlisted to play by any NFL team since parting ways with the 49ersin March. In October, he fileda grievanceunder the latest collective bargaining agreement against NFL owners for collusion.

Kaepernick wrote on Twitter that he's "honoured" by GQ's recognition.

I am honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year. https://t.co/s6wBZTa6tH

@Kaepernick7

The magazine includes comments from several of Kaepernick's supporters and confidants. Rapper J. Cole said Kaepernick "sacrificed his dream" to stand for something, while 90-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte said seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is "the greatest reward" he could ask for. Other celebrity supporters shared their congratulations on Twitter, including rapper Common and fellow GQ honouree Kevin Durant.

AMAZING! @GQMagazine has named Colin Kaepernick the "Citizen of the Year" for his courageous protest against injustice + his work in the community. Much love to my brother Colin! https://t.co/6WnKyBiIiw pic.twitter.com/DqspzbfuXF

@common

This story is a must-read...honored & humbled to share a cover w you @Kaepernick7 https://t.co/QFtIFj7DL5

@KDTrey5

To many on Twitter, the magazine's recognition of Kaepernick's silent protest is more than fitting. Over the past year, Kaepernick has reportedly donated close to $1 million US to several different charities and community organizations.

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