Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Beyoncé Hails 'Selfless' Colin Kaepernick During Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Speech

Beyoncé Hails 'Selfless' Colin Kaepernick During Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Speech

"I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people", Kaepernick said.

During a pretaping routine, he joked about SI parent company Time Inc., which will be purchased by Meredith Corp. with backing from conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.

Well said. In case you forgot, the football stud sparked national debate previous year when he began kneeling during the national anthem in an attempt to protest racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. Although many have voiced their support for Colin, the American athlete has been met with quite a bit of criticism too.

Beyoncé was introduced as a surprise presenter by "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah.

In August 2016, Kaepernick started a revolution.

Ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the USA national anthem a year ago in a protest over race equality.

Sports Illustrated said Kaepernick is receiving the honor due to his "steadfastness in the fight for social justice, for his adherence to his beliefs no matter the cost".

The former 49ers quarterback spearheaded the longstanding "take a knee" protests during American football games this summer, in which a number of players dropped to one knee during the U.S. national anthem, in protest of systemic racism and violence against minorities.

Beyoncé also addressed the misguided criticism, exacerbated by President Donald Trump, that sports players kneeling during the national anthem was a sign of disrespect to the American flag and the military. "Because if it were not for my love for the people, I would not have protested".

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!" In October, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL.

Regardless, Kaepernick is nowhere near done fighting the good fight.

The full speech will be aired on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News.

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