Out-of-work quarterback Colin Kaepernick was in Los Angeles this weekend, accepting the prestigious ACLU Award for Advocacy at the organization’s annual Bill of Rights Dinner; telling the audience he has an “obligation” to stand up for those who remain “oppressed” in the United States.
According to Fox News, the infamous football player –who started the growing trend of athletes kneeling during the national anthem in 2016- accepted the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award at a star-studded ceremony in Beverly Hills.
“We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised,” Kaepernick told those in attendance.
One official from the ACLU thanked Kaepernick for his protest, adding that he “took a stand knowing he would risk his job.”
“He has lost his job, one that he loved and was supremely talented and skilled at,” he added.
The NFL has been struggling to regain furious fans after Kaepernick and other players refuse to remain standing during the performance of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
The ensuing controversy has cost the embattled league upwards of $500 million as viewers change the channel and stadiums remain empty throughout the country.