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Colin Kaepernick named GQ 'Citizen of the Year'

Colin Kaepernick named GQ 'Citizen of the Year'
From Al Jazeera - November 13, 2017

Colin Kaepernick, an American football playerwho last yearstarted protesting policebrutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem,has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

Thepublic stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who is currently without a team,has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football Leagueand other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to American sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest.

"It cost him his job. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.

"Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honoured' by the recognition.

I am honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year. https://t.co/s6wBZTa6tH

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