Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Colin Kaepernick Named 'Citizen of the Year' By GQ Magazine

It named the former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback their first "citizens of the year" on Monday.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who is now without a team, has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

"When we began discussing this GQ cover with Colin earlier this fall, he told us the reason he wanted to participate is that he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself", the article reads.

The magazine includes comments from several of Kaepernick's supporters and confidants. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.

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The accompanying piece from GQ is titled, "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced". The editors wrote that his act of kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality earned him the honor.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was named GQ's 2017 "Champion of the Year".

While the National Football League and some of its more conservative fans have been less than supportive of Kaepernick's cause, many of his friends spoke to the men's publication about what the former San Francisco 49er's protest means to them.

Responding to the GQ announcement, several famous American sports personalities and social media users voiced their support for Kaepernick.

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