Colin Kaepernick honored with Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Colin Kaepernick honored with Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Colin Kaepernick was presented with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night, which celebrates sports stars that have impacted the world.

Well said. In case you forgot, the football stud sparked national debate past year when he began kneeling during the national anthem in an attempt to protest racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. Although many have voiced their support for Colin, the American athlete has been met with quite a bit of criticism too.

Noah paid tribute to Ali and Kaepernick in his presentation, drawing comparisons between the two men, saying it was "what Ali did outside the ring that made him a legend". To change perception, to change the way we treat each other.

After accepting the award from Beyonce, Kaepernick said he was humbled to follow in the footsteps of a man whose legacy, he says, paved the way for his protest.

Colin Kaepernick accepts the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show

Kaepernick, who opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract in the spring, began a wave of rebellion in the NFL and across the sports world by sitting, at first, during the National Anthem before the 49ers' preseason games in August 2016 in an attempt to bring attention to the perceived police mistreatment of black and minority ethnic communities in the United States.

The award is given to an athlete who uses their fame and platform to promote change, which quarterback Kaepernick did when he knelt during the USA national anthem at various football games to draw attention to racial discrimination and acts of police brutality.

"I am using my platform to protest systematic oppression, racial injustice, and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America". "With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people". One of those critics has been the President of the United States. SI announced Kaepernick would be the recipient of the award last week. Sadly, the backlash from Colin's just protest has resulted in him being left a free agent in the NFL.

The full award show will air on NBC Sports Network on Friday.

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