Colin Kaepernick is GQ’s ‘Citizen of the 12 months’

Colin Kaepernick is likely one of the faces of GQ’s December challenge.

The journal named the previous 49ers quarterback its “Citizen of the 12 months” for beginning the protest that turned a motion within the NFL.

“He is been vilified by tens of millions and locked out of the NFL — all as a result of he took a knee to protest police brutality,” GQ wrote in a information launch about the cover. “Colin Kaepernick’s decided stand places him in uncommon firm in sports activities historical past: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked every part to make a distinction.”

Kaepernick first knelt throughout the Nationwide Anthem at a preseason recreation final 12 months to protest mistreatment of black People, significantly by police. The protests grew this 12 months to dozens of different gamers and to different sports activities, and President Trump referred to as for the firing of any protesters.

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Kaepernick has been on the duvet of GQ earlier than, however for his athletic ability. Now he is on the duvet as a result of he is not enjoying.

“And it isn’t as a result of he is damage, or as a result of he is damaged any guidelines, or as a result of he is not ok,” GQ mentioned. “Roughly 90 males are at the moment employed as quarterbacks within the NFL, as both starters or reserves, and Colin Kaepernick is best — indisputably, undeniably, flat-out higher — than a minimum of 70 of them.”

Kaepernick shouldn’t be interviewed for the difficulty however seems in a photograph unfold. GQ mentioned he agreed to take part as a result of he needed to “reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president desirous to make this second about himself.”

As a substitute, Kaepernick labored with the journal to pick out 10 individuals, together with filmmaker Ava DuVernay and rapper J. Cole, to talk on his behalf.

“I see what he is executed as artwork. I imagine that artwork is seeing the world that does not exist,” DuVernay mentioned within the article. “I feel some people see his protests, his resistance, as not his work. Not intentional. Not strategic. Not as progressive motion. As if this was only a second that he acquired caught up in. This was work. That is work that he is doing.”

Kaepernick mentioned on Twitter that he was “honored to be acknowledged.”

CNNMoney (New York) First printed November 13, 2017: 10:32 AM ET

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