Beyoncé surprises Colin Kaepernick to present SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

by Wade Massey December 9, 2017, 6:09
Beyoncé surprises Colin Kaepernick to present SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

While accepting SI's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, Kaepernick said, "I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people".

Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick has been given a top sports award for using his position to promote change. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.

During her surprise appearance at the magazine's Sportsperson of the Year ceremony, Beyoncé delivered a short speech celebrating Kaepernick, whose decision to take a knee during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and systemic racism sparked similar actions throughout the sports world.

Kaepernick has donated almost $1 million to various charities since the former 49ers quarterback first sat down and then kneeled during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality and racial inequality issues. We're still waiting for the world to catch up.

Kaepernick's decision to sit-and subsequently to kneel-during the 2016-17 season in an attempt to bring awareness to the perceived police brutality toward black youths in the United States started a movement that eventually transcended the National Football League, where it remains a source of controversy, debate and chagrin for U.S. President Donald Trump, among many.

The former 49ers quarterback spearheaded the longstanding "take a knee" protests during American football games this summer, in which a number of players dropped to one knee during the United States national anthem, in protest of systemic racism and violence against minorities.

"With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people", Kaepernick said as part of his speech, "because my platform is the people". Colin has always been very respectful. "With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people".

Sports Illustrated said Kaepernick is receiving the honor due to his "steadfastness in the fight for social justice, for his adherence to his beliefs no matter the cost". The show was taped at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 5, and will air on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET on December 8.

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