Beyoncé Presents Colin Kaepernick With SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award [Details]

Rucuss staffDecember 6, 2017

Colin Kaepernick’s civil rights work in the community did not go unnoticed.

The former NFL quarterback received the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards on Tuesday. Beyoncé, who wore a sequined mini dress presented him with the award at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

“Thank you, Colin Kaepernick,” Beyoncé said. “Thank you for your selfless heart and your conviction. Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better, to change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color. We’re still waiting for the world to catch up. It’s been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we’re protesting America. So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selflessly serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”

Kaepernick, who refused to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality while he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers, has not been picked up by a NFL team because of it. Kap gave all the credit to the people.

“I accept this award knowing that the legacy of Muhammad Ali is that of a champion of the people, one who was affectionately known as the people’s champ,” Kaepernick said. “I accept this award, not for myself, but on behalf of the people. If it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. If it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”

Watch Kapernick’s acceptance speech below.

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