Colin Kaepernick Named as GQ ‘Citizen of the Year’

Following his act of not standing during the National Anthem during a preseason game last season while a member of the 49’ers, Colin Kaepernick has become the most talked about player in the National Football League, and continues to be.

Despite not playing a snap thus far or even being on a roster this season.

Today the magazine “GQ” named Kaepernick as their ‘Citizen of the Year’ as he continues to try and (in his mind) stand up for what is right.

Though Colin Kaepernick continues his silent protest, he agreed to collaborate with GQ on a special project for our December Men of the Year issue in an effort to, as the piece explains, “reclaim the narrative of his protest.” He helped us assemble a ten-person team of his closest confidants—including rapper J.Cole, director Ava DuVernay, activist Harry Belafonte, and Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour—to speak on the subjects of activism, protest, and equality, and to offer some rare insights into Colin Kaepernick himself.

Paired with the piece are inspiring images by Martin Schoeller, who photographed Kaepernick in Harlem, intending to evoke the spirit of Muhammad Ali’s anti-Vietnam War protests in the neighborhood during the late 60s.

It will be interesting how (if they do at all) the NFL treats this latest with Kaepernick, and if with the massive amount of injuries this season the former Super Bowl starter (2013 with the 49ers vs the Ravens) finds employment anytime soon.

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