Kaepernick Snags GQ's Citizen Of The Year Title

Kaepernick Snags GQ's Citizen Of The Year Title

Kaepernick began a movement past year when he kneeled during the national anthem before a game as a way of peacefully protesting injustice toward minorities in the United States.

The Cleveland Browns icon previously criticized the former National Football League player who started the protests, Colin Kaepernick, saying the quarterback needed to get his priorities straight.

"When we began discussing this GQ cover with Colin earlier this fall, he told us the reason he wanted to participate is that he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself", the article reads.

According to GQ, "Colin Kaepernick's protest against police brutality puts him in rare company in sports history".

The interview runs in the December 2017 issue of GQ.

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He was intitally backed by his team, the San Francisco 49ers, but faced a barrage of abuse and criticism, including comments from then presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Kaepernick says on Twitter he's "honored" by the recognition.

Durant, who earned his first National Basketball Association title after joining the high-powered Golden State Warriors last season and was named MVP of the Finals, is Champion of the Year, while Colbert, who remains outspoken about politics and President Trump, is the magazine's Bad Hombre of the Year.

Brushing aside the issue of racism, Trump, the current U.S. president, told Kaepernick in August 2016 to "find a country that works better for him".