Colin Kaepernick Honored At The 2017 Sportspersons Of The Year Awards
On Tuesday night, Sports Illustrated honored the 2017 Sportspersons of the Year, Houston athletes J.J. Watt of the Texans and José Altuve of the World Series Champion Astros, at the star-studded 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Award Show at Barclays Center in New York. Michael Strahan presented the award to the Houston athletes with a speech which recognized their contributions to the Houston community. The show will first air nationally on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET on December 8.
Trevor Noah was joined by special guest Beyoncé to honor venerable athlete Colin Kaepernick with the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Kaepernick was in attendance to accept the award and shared his thoughts, speaking publicly for one of the first times since leaving the NFL.
Trevor Noah and special guest Beyoncé honored Colin Kaepernick with the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Kaepernick was in attendance to accept the award and shared his thoughts, making rare public comments.
“Thank you Colin Kaepernick. Thank you for your selfless heart, and your conviction, thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color. We’re still waiting for the world to catch up,” said Beyoncé.
“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America. I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of 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,” said Kaepernick.