Colin Kaepernick named one of GQ's Men of the Year


In a move that will undoubtedly be applauded by some, and scrutinized by many more, GQ Magazine has named Colin Kaepernick their "Citizen of the Year" for 2017.

Kaepernick was the first pro-athlete to take a knee during the national anthem at NFL games previous year in protest over police brutality, and racial and social injustice.

The accompanying piece from GQ is titled, "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced". He's made headlines this past year, as he started a silent protest by taking a knee during the national anthem.

In 2013, Kaepernick appeared in a GQ photoshoot as one of the NFL's most talented players after leading his team to the Super Bowl, where they were beaten by the Baltimore Ravens 34-31.

Being dubbed this generation's iconic civil rights leader by legendary Olympian John Carlos, who is known for raising his fist in protest during the 1968 Olympics, Kaepernick makes a strong statement on the magazine's cover. Kneeling during the anthem changed everything, the magazine writes.

The list also includes Stephen Colbert being named the Bad Hombre of the Year, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman of the Year, and Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant as the Champion of the Year.

GQ called Kaepernick "a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance", and solicited quotes from Sharia law sympathizer Linda Sarsour, who called the former football star "an American hero" and singer Harry Belafonte who used the platform to say that President "Trump has betrayed our nation".

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