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 sparked outrage among 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 today.
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. In addition, GQ magazine honored Kaepernick with the “Citizen of the Year” title on Monday, November 13th.
Many Americans found it very ironic that someone who disrespected our country’s flag and contradicts our country's values was named “Citizen of the Year” in the United States.
Former ESPN reporter, Britt McHenry, agreed that the honorary title was extremely unfitting for Kaepernick. She pointed out that other NFL players, who are proud of our country, contributed far more to society.
J.J. Watt from the Houston, Texans raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims. Malcolm Jenkins from the Philadelphia, Eagles previously met with lawmakers to try and help local communities. Kenny Stills from the Miami, Dolphins sat down with the North Miami Police Department in hopes of bringing the community together and reaching understanding on the meaning behind the national anthem protests—and these are just a few examples.
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