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Beyoncé Surprises Colin Kaepernick To Present Him With Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Beyoncé Surprises Colin Kaepernick To Present Him With Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Kaepernick's decision to remain seated while the national anthem played back in 2016 sparked similar protests by NFL players that continue to incite controversy in the present. "Thank you for your selfless heart and your conviction", she said. His message is exclusively focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people.

Sports Illustrated turned the sports world upside down when they announced that Colin Kaepernick would be the recipient of their 'Muhammed Ali Legacy Award, ' and the outrage was immediate from the people who have made up in their mind that Kaepernick is everything that's wrong with this country. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today.

The award is given to athletes who use their platform to change the world, and Kaepernick has undoubtedly filled the requirements.

'He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African Americans their opportunities to equal education, jobs, health and even their lives, ' Abdul-Jabbar said.

Kaepernick joined Beyonce on stage dressed in all black, sporting his signature afro and delivered a heartwarming speech. He suggested the National Football League "fire" those who protest.

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Kaepernick helped spark a national debate about race in the USA previous year when he sat, then knelt, during the national anthem at 49ers games to protest police brutality.

Many have criticized Kaepernick and others for their actions during the anthem, seeing it as a sign of disrespect toward members of the military and the larger American community.

Back in 2015, Sports Illustrated renamed the award as a tribute to Ali.

The awards show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.


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