I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people.
Sports Illustrated awarded the former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in Brooklyn.
In his acceptance speech, he promised to continue fighting racial injustice in America regardless of whether he returns to the NFL or not.
“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America,” Kaepernick said at SI’s Sportsperson of the Year ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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”
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