Kaeper­nick named GQ ci­ti­zen of the year

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/State -

NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick has been named GQ’s mag­a­zine’s “Ci­ti­zen of the Year” for his ac­tivism.

Kaeper­nick be­gan kneel­ing in­stead of stand­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them last sea­son to protest racial in­equal­ity and po­lice bru­tal­ity. The demon­stra­tion sparked a wave of NFL protests by play­ers dur­ing the an­them that re­peat­edly have been de­nounced by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Kaeper­nick parted ways with the San Fran­cisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by an­other team.

Kaeper­nick says on Twit­ter he’s “hon­ored” by the recog­ni­tion.

The mag­a­zine ‘s story in­cludes com­ments from sev­eral of Kaeper­nick’s sup­port­ers and con­fi­dants. Rap­per J. Cole says Kaeper­nick “sac­ri­ficed his dream” to stand for some­thing. Ninety-year-old singer and ac­tivist Harry Be­la­fonte says see­ing peo­ple like Kaeper­nick tak­ing ac­tion is “the great­est re­ward” he could ask for.

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