'Citizen of the Year' or 'Coward of the Year'?
'GQ' honors Colin Kaepernick, but critics think the choice is off base
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2017 12:05 PM CST
Colin Kaepernick in December 2016, when he still played with the 49ers.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(Newser) GQ has made its selection for "Citizen of the Year," and it's one destined to create instant controversy: Colin Kaepernick. In their explanation, the editors liken the sidelined quarterback to Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson, "athletes who risked everything to make a difference." They also argue that the NFL is clearly blackballing the QB over his take-a-knee protest on police brutality, given that 90 quarterbacks are currently in the league, and Kaepernick "is better—indisputably, undeniably, flat-out better—than at least 70 of them." More details on the pick and reaction:

  • No interview: One unusual aspect of the magazine's coverage is that it features no interview with Kaepernick himself, notes CNN. Instead, Kaepernick sticks to his general policy of public silence, but he helped the magazine select 10 people to speak on his behalf. He also participates in a photo spread. "I'm honored to be recognized," Kaepernick tweeted.

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