And football player Colin Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night. Kaepernick helped spark a movement against racism and police brutality across the National Football League after he refused to stand last year for the national anthem before an NFL game. This is Kaepernick, speaking after accepting the award from Beyoncé on Tuesday night.
Colin Kaepernick: “I accept this award, knowing that the legacy of Muhammad Ali is that of a champion of the people and one who was affectionately known as the people’s champ. I accept this award, not for myself, but on behalf of the people, because if it were not for my love for the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people.”
After winning Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Tuesday night, Colin Kaepernick also spoke at The Nation magazine gala, where he was honored.