Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Colin Kaepernick Named 'Citizen of the Year' By GQ Magazine

Colin Kaepernick Named 'Citizen of the Year' By GQ Magazine

Over a year after the former San Fransisco 49er began kneeling at NFL games during the national anthem, the magazine is celebrating his activism in its annual Men of the Year issue. But even though his decision to protest the oppression of black Americans and police brutality has kept him out of the league, Kaepernick is not backing down.

He was featured on the cover of GQ back in 2013 during the height of his career, but he remains without a team this season - a situation many claim to be the result of his protest.

Colin Kaepernick has been a free agent since parting ways with the 49ers in March. The magazine named him "Citizen of the Year".

"That's why we chose to photograph Colin in public, in Harlem, among the men, women, and children he is fighting for", the magazine's editors write.

The signal caller, who has been surrounded by controversy over the course of the a year ago, initially caused a stir when he kneeled during the national anthem last season while with the 49ers. He never is directly quoted in the article, but GQ uses photography that evokes past athletes and past civil rights struggles.

"Had (Kaepernick not taken a knee), this guy would be making millions of dollars right now". "I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn't exist", filmmaker Ava DuVernay told GQ as she recounted a dinner with Kaepernick". Ninety-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte says seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is "the greatest reward" he could ask for.

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