BROOKLYN, New York — Beyoncé Knowles – Carter presented Colin Kaepernick’s with the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards on Tuesday for his courage to stand up against the National Football League at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The former NFL quarterback, refused to stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality while he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
“Thank you, Colin Kaepernick,” she said. “Thank you for your selfless heart and your conviction. Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better, to change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color. We’re still waiting for the world to catch up. It’s been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we’re protesting America. So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selflessly serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”
After leading the San Francisco 49ers to consecutive NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick signed a seven-year $126 million contract in 2014. It is reported that he only earned $39.4 million from the deal according to Business Insider.