Colin Kaepernick, the infamous out-of-work quarterback who inspired months of player protests during the national anthem, has been awarded the highly-prized ‘Muhammad Ali Legacy Award’ by Sports Illustrated, the magazine announced on Thursday.
“Colin Kaepernick made his truth known when he first decided not to stand for the national anthem. He had a lot of football left to play and a lot more money to make when he made his decision,” writes Sports Illustrated. “It is his truth. He has not wavered from it. He does not regret speaking it. He has caused millions of people to examine it. And, quietly, he has donated nearly a million dollars to support it.”
“For all those reasons—for his steadfastness in the fight for social justice, for his adherence to his beliefs no matter the cost—Colin Kaepernick is the recipient of the 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award,” added the author.
Kaepernick’s pick for the award will further alienate angry fans who view months of player protests as un-American and disrespectful to the men and women who have fought and died for the United States.
The ensuing controversy, brought to the media forefront by President Trump, has cost the NFL and television networks upwards of $500 million in lost revenue.
“Like Muhammad, Colin is a man who stands on his convictions with confidence and courage, undaunted by the personal sacrifices he has had to make to have his message heard. And he has used his celebrity and philanthropy to the benefit of some of our most vulnerable community members,” said Lonnie Ali, Muhammad’s widow.