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 resulted in him being dropped by his team.
His kneeling in protest eventually became a movement among other professional football players, who joined the “Take a Knee” protests to take a stance against President Trump. The sudden rise in participation came after Trump suggested any player who kneels for the anthem should be fired.
Despite the fact that Kaepernick’s protests have angered a number of fans, government officials, and members of the NFL, he has received several honors for his “political and social contributions.” Earlier this year, the National Museum of African American History and Culture announced he would be featured in the infamous museum, ACLU honored him with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award, and GQ magazine recognized him as “Citizen of the Year.”
On Tuesday, December 5th, Kaepernick was also officially awarded Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Beyonce—to his surprise—presented him with the award at Tuesday night’s awards ceremony.
While handing him the award on stage, Beyonce praised Kaepernick’s efforts.
The award-winning singer stated, “Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color."
She also noted she was “proud and humbled” to have the opportunity to present him the award, according to ESPN.
However, Beyonce’s comments sparked outrage among conservatives. Twitter erupted with posts condemning her remarks—and Kaepernick’s honorary, in general.
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