When Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of police brutality, it sparked a national conversation-one that has blackballed him from the NFL but is still echoing strong, as evidenced by GQ magazine.
"Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference", it said.
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GQ called Kaepernick "a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance", and solicited quotes from Sharia law sympathizer Linda Sarsour, who called the former football star "an American hero" and singer Harry Belafonte who used the platform to say that President "Trump has betrayed our nation".
Kaepernick was the first pro-athlete to take a knee during the national anthem at NFL games past year in protest over police brutality, and racial and social injustice. Each recipient received their own cover on the magazine's December issue, with all four earning a different title. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honoured' by the recognition".
Brushing aside the issue of racism, Trump, the current USA president, told Kaepernick in August 2016 to "find a country that works better for him".