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NEW YORK (AP) Beyonce presented Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s
Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night Cheap
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without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.”

Beyonce was brought out as a surprise presenter by comedian Trevor Noah. She
said she was ”proud and humbled” to present the award.

”Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion,” Beyonce
said. ”Only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to
change the way we treat each other. Especially people of color.”

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Last year’s Ali Award winner Authentic
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 , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, called Kaepernick a
”worthy recipient” during a video tribute.

”He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the
systemic racism that was denying African Americans their opportunities to equal
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Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest
racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of
protests by NFL players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by
President Donald Trump.

Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been
signed by another team. He filed a grievance against the NFL in October alleging
that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his

He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali’s legacy for fighting social injustice,
saying the boxing great ”mentored me without ever meeting me.”

”The footprints he leaves are large,” Kaepernick said, ”and his life is and
has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love http://www.miamidolphinsteamonline.com/mike-gesicki-jersey ,
wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I’m taking steps
toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to

Kaepernick skipped the red carpet prior to the show and was not available for
questions. The awards show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports

Kaepernick also recently was honored by the ACLU of Southern California with
the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and was named GQ magazine’s ”Citizen
of the Year” for his activism, which included pledging $1 million to
”organizations working in oppressed communities.”

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