Beyoncé Presented Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award To Colin Kaepernick Last Night
Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Show last night to present the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to the much-deserved recipient, Colin Kaepernick.
In her speech about the 30-year-old, the singer thanked Kaepernick for his selfless act which has literally turned the NFL on its head and forced our country to look at it’s issues with people of color face on.
“Thank you, Colin Kaepernick,” Beyoncé stated. “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.”
Although those in the room were ecstatic to see Kaepernick honored, some sad trolls on Twitter expressed negative opinions like the one below.
Despite tweets like this and others, Black Twitter (always on time) showed up for our sports hero with the ultimate clapback:
Ever since the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a “knee” in 2016 to bring awareness to police brutality against Black men, women and children, he has been called everything under the sun. He still remains a free agent despite throwing 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in that year alone, People pointed out. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October for what he believes to be collusion among owners to not sign him. Yet, despite all of this, the pro-athlete said that he would continue fighting for what he believes in:
“I accept this award knowing that the legacy of Muahammad Ali is that of a champion of the people, and one who was affectionately known as a people’s champ. I accept this award, not for myself, but on behalf of the people because if it were not for my love for 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. My platform is the people.”
He was also named GQ’s Magazine’s Citizen of the Year on Nov. 13, and was honored with an ACLU Southern California’s Bill of Rights Award on Monday.
Clearly, his kneeling has allowed him to keep standing strong.