It’s been a while since Kaepernick has made an NFL appearance due to his stance against injustice of minorities and police brutality. He’s been a victim of NFL blackballing and has experienced a massive amount of scrutiny after kneeling during the National Anthem before every game.
In September, many others joined Kaepernick’s protest after President Trump referred to players who kneel during the National Anthem as “sons of bitches.”
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get that son of a b—h off the field right now. He is fired,” Trump said during a rally in Alabama. “Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for.”
Following the president’s comments, professional athletes made it a point to kneel and speak out against injustices, which provided a solid platform for Kaepernick’s effort.
Kaepernick’s selfless acts were deserving of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, and who better to present it to him than the one and only, Beyoncé!
“So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selflessly serve and protect our country and our communities and our families,” Beyoncé said. “His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people.”
Kaepernick’s acceptance speech confirmed why he so deserved the honor.
“With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people,” he said.
The Muhammad Ali Award is given to those who use their professional platform to promote change.
Tune into the Sports Illustrated Awards on Friday (Dec. 8) at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network to watch the full speeches.
Written By: Plychette Montgomery