Kaepernick said he will continue to fight for people "with or without the NFL."
After he accepted Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he will continue to fight racial injustice in the United States, whether or not he returns to the NFL.
"I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest against systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-Hongness in the United States," Kaepernick said at the Sportsperson of the Year ceremony at the Barclays Center. in Brooklyn.
"I accept this award not for me, but for the people, because if it were not for my love for the people, I would not have protested, and if it had not been for the support of the people, I would not be in this scenario.
"With our without the NFL platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people."
Daily Show The presenter Trevor Noah introduced Kaepernick before Beyoncé He went on stage to give him the prize, Beyoncé said that Kaepernick's message was not to protest against those who serve selflessly to defend the nation, but to draw attention to the work that still needs to be done in terms of race relations. 1
Kaepernick's actions have been criticized by those who see his decision to protest during the anthem as a sign of disrespect towards the military or the nation in general. One of those critics has been the president of the United States.
President Donald Trump breathed new life into the anthem protest debate in September of this year when he suggested that NFL owners should "shoot" protesting players and suggested they say "Get that son out of b – — of the field. " The owners of the NFL, the players and the commissioner condemned the President's comments and generalized demonstrations during the anthem before the games of Week 3.
Despite throwing for 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2016, and despite An avowed desire to play, Kaepernick remains a free agent. Multiple long-term injuries to quarterbacks have resulted in a number of quarterbacks with NFL résumés less impressive than Kaepernick's signature, and there is a belief that he remains unsigned for his social activism inside and outside the field. football.
J.J. Watt and Jose Altuve were honored at the event as joint winners of the SI Sportsperson of the Year award for their efforts in the field and helping Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. Carlos Beltrán received the Esperanza Award for his work to help his native island of Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. The evening prizes were completed by Maya Moore, who won the Perfromer of the Year award, and Joel Embiid, who received the Rising Star award.
You can see Kaepernick's speech in its entirety, as well as the observations of each one of the other winners, when the ceremony is televised on Friday night at 8 pm on NBC Sports Network.