Magazine names Colin Kaepernick 'Citizen of the Year'

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Colin Kaepernick hasn't played a single game this National Football League season, but the quarterback earned a highly coveted accolade away from the field as one of GQ's people of the year, the magazine announced Monday.

The GQ photographer made a decision to take pictures of Kaepernick in Harlem, New York City, where Ali visited frequently, "among the men, women, and children he is fighting for.to connect him to a crusade that stretches back decades". "It cost him his job", the article reads. Apart from his perfectly poised coils, Kaepernick also wears a simple black leather jacket and turtle neck that serve as a powerful backdrop for the GQ logo highlighted in unifying colors of red, white and blue. "But Colin Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson-athletes who risked everything to make a difference".

Four years later, he is on GQ's front page, as a symbol of the anthem protests campaign which he instigated last season by refusing to stand for the national anthem, to draw attention to what he viewed as racial injustice in America.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures.

Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula
It also flew two new midrange missiles over Japan and threatened to launch them toward Guam, a U.S. President Donald Trump is on an Asian tour and presenting a united front with regional leaders.

Kaepernick says on Twitter he's "honored" by the recognition.

He was intitally backed by his team, the San Francisco 49ers, but faced a barrage of abuse and criticism, including comments from then presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Director Ava DuVernay called Kaepernick's work "art", telling GQ, "I see what he's done as art".

Responding to the GQ announcement, several famous American sports personalities and social media users voiced their support for Kaepernick.

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