Colin Kaepernick has a major supporter in Beyoncé.
The superstar singer stunned the audience at the Barclays Center on Tuesday when she made a surprise appearance at the Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated Muhammed Ali Legacy Award, which he received after beginning the social justice protest that has swept the NFL the past two seasons.
“His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people.” Beyoncé said of Kaepernick. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m so proud and humbled to present the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick.”
Kaepernick then emerged from a rousing ovation, and began to discuss his motivation for taking a knee during the national anthem before games in an effort to bring about systemic change regarding the treatment of people of color in America. Colin Kaepernick received the Sports Illustrated Muhammed Ali Legacy Award Tuesday. (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
“Kaepernick told the crowd.” “If it was not for my love of the people, I would not have protested, and I would not be on this stage today.
“With the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for people, because my platform is the people,” he said.
Kaepernick went on to his parents, his girlfriend Nessa and several of the players who have partaken in the anthem protest, including his trainer San Francisco 49ers Eric Reid teammate, who was the first to join him in the movement. His speech concluded with another loud round of applause. Beyonce presents Colin Kaepernick with his award. (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Beyoncé’s husband, rapper JAY-Z, has also been supportive of Kaepernick in recent months, as he dedicated his song “The Story of O.J.” to the quarterback at The Meadows festival in Queens in September before wearing his jersey during a “Saturday Night Live” performance two weeks later.
Kaepernick remains without an NFL job this year, one season after he began the protest.
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