Beyoncé Presents Colin Kaepernick With Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

"Thank you for your selfless heart, and your conviction", she said.

"I am using my platform to protest systematic oppression, racial injustice, and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America".

In his acceptance speech, Kaepernick said that his "platform is the people".

Kaepernick also recently was honored by the ACLU of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and was named GQ magazine's "Citizen of the Year" for his activism, which included pledging $1 million to "organizations working in oppressed communities".

"Colin took action with no fear of effect or repercussion only hope to change the world for the better", Beyonce said.

While providing the musical entertainment on Saturday Night Live in September, the rap mogul turned his back to the cameras during his performance of Bam to reveal "C. Kaepernick" emblazoned across the back of his jersey.

Thank you very much to Sports Illustrated for the honor of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

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"Colin took action with no fear of outcome or repercussion-only hope to change the world for the better, to change perception, to change the way we treated each other-especially people of color", Beyoncé said while presenting the award to Kaepernick.

"When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality in America, no one could have predicted how that one action would go on to inspire a national conversation about race, patriotism and even freedom of speech", he said.

Kaepernick has done just that. The demonstration sparked a wave of protests by National Football League players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump.

It has been a busy year for the athlete.

Another added, "Conservatives are so outraged that Beyoncé presented that award to Colin Kaepernick but are hush hush about the fact that Donald trump just endorsed an pedophile and sexual abuser for office", referring to the president's support for Roy Moore's candidacy for Senate.

"Colin Kaepernick is a big inspiration to me", Young said. The "Perfect" singer, who recently stepped out for husband JAY-Z's 48th birthday, took the stage to present Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

According to USA Today, "Former winners of the award include: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Jack Nicklaus and Jim Brown".

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