President Donald Trump called him a son-of-a-bitch but GQ, a men’s magazine, named Colin Kaepernick “Citizen of the Year” for initiating NFL player protests against police brutality.
He appears on the cover of GQ’s current issue.
Last season, Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, began kneeling on one knee instead of standing for the national anthem to protest police brutality and police killings of unarmed black men and other nonwhites.
“I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said during an interview last year.
His demonstration has sparked more protests by NFL players, high school athletes and basketball players. Kaepernick no longer plays for the 49ers and no team has signed him but he recently inked a $1 million contract to write a book.
Kaepernick said on Twitter that he was “honored by the recognition.”