Colin Kaepernick named one of GQ's Men of the Year

Ross Houston
November 13, 2017

Colin Kaepernick may be called many things, but those are just a couple of new labels being thrown his way, courtesy of GQ magazine.

Niners linebacker Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick previous year in his protest and has continued to kneel during the national anthem this season, was one of the individuals who spoke to GQ about his former teammate. He also posed for a series of photos in Harlem. GQ states in the story that Kaepernick, who has rarely spoken publicly since becoming a free agent earlier this year, has "grown wise to the power of his silence".

"Colin also made it clear to us that he meant to remain silent", GQ states in the story. The editors wrote that his act of kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality earned him the honor.

The magazine named him "Citizen of the Year". He became a free agent in March and has remained unsigned this season, which prompted him to recently file a collusion grievance against National Football League owners.

While so many have demanded that he do a splashy interview with one of sports media's big names to promise that he really does love football and really does want to play and really can put football first over his activism and whatever other demands they feel they can make of a grown man that they haven't made of other NFL players who are not now employed, Kaepernick has largely stayed silent. He declined to be quoted for GQ's story, which instead includes interviews with singer Harry Belafonte, rapper J. Cole, director Ava DuVernay and former teammate Eric Reid, among others.

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