The Muhammad Ali Award Goes to Colin Kaepernick

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It’s no secret what Colin Kaepernick stands for. The fight against police brutality, racism, and social injustices is what he knelt for. As a result, he is still without a job as an NFL Quarterback where he is more than capable. Since being black-balled Colin Kaepernick has devoted himself to the cause. Earlier this year some of his memorabilia were placed in the Smithsonian Museum. He was also named GQ’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ last month.

Now each year, Sports Illustrated and the family of Muhammad Ali honor a figure who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership, and philanthropy and who has also used sports as a platform for changing the world. This year this the recipient of that award is none other than Colin Kaepernick. He joins some great company with people such Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, Jack Nicklaus, and Magic Johnson coming before him. I see no other individual who could’ve been more deserving of this award. To stand for something of this magnitude, on the type of stage that was set, is a courageous decision. I’m sure he makes that decision daily to go out and fight for his and the freedom of those in our communities as well as ourselves. Kaepernick showed others that each person has a voice even if you demonstrate that voice by simply kneeling. Congrats Kaepernick!




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