Legend honors legend
On Tuesday evening, Colin Kaepernick accepted the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards ceremony.
The person who presented Kaepernick with the award was none other than Beyoncé.
Before giving Kap his award, Beyonce gave a short speech honoring the ex-QB who sacrificed his career in the NFL to protest police brutality in the United States.
Here is a piece of what she said::
“Thank you, Colin Kaepernick. 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 are protesting America. So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selfless 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.”
Kaperick has been remarkably quiet since his alleged blackballing from the NFL. So it was interesting to hear Kap make his first real public comments since last season:
“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America…I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it weren’t for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And 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.”
The full speech isn’t online yet because it’s going to air on December 8th and 9th on NBCSN and on Univision Deportes Network. Until then watch clips from the night below.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 6, 2017
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) December 6, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) December 6, 2017