Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem during football games. His protesting in support of the Black Lives Matter movement quickly led to outrage by conservatives for him not standing in support of his country, which ultimately led to him being dropped by his team.
After President Trump responded by suggesting that every player who kneels before our flag should be fired, hundreds of other players joined Kaepernick's “Take a Knee” protesting—becoming an anti-Trump movement. The controversy surrounding this issue is still going on months later.
Although the former football player announced that he would end his anti-American protests, he still remains a free agent as of November 2017. Since then, Kaepernick has become a “highly respected” political figure in the eyes of his supporters—earlier this year, it was revealed that he would be featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture because of his national anthem protesting.
The rest of the nation was furious, especially since he was featured in the notorious museum ahead of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, “the nation’s longest-serving black justice.”
On Monday, November 13th, Kaepernick received another honorary opportunity in response to his political movement—GQ magazine bestowed Kaepernick with their “highest honor.” He was named as “Citizen of the Year” by the international magazine publication.
Kaepernick responded via social media on Monday morning. He stated that he was “honored” to hold this title.
Although his supporters were pleased with the news, conservatives responded with outrage, claiming that he is not deserving of the title. An op-ed article released by Fox News even insisted that he should have been named “Coward of the Year.”
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