Not everyone agreed with GQ’s special issue that was released on Monday naming former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year.”
Those folks who choose to continue to try and paint Kaepernick as an unpatriotic villain and rabble rouser lashed out at the magazine. A slew of tweets, including one from former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry, took shots at Kap, arguing that he hasn’t earned that title and there were more worthy and respectful members of the NFL worth shining a light on.
McHenry attacked Kaepernick’s fashion choices first.
Wear socks depicting police officers as pigs; wear Fidel Castro as a fashion statement IN MIAMI; sue NFL for collusion when gf compares owners to slave owners... Win Citizen of the Year. Serve in the US military...nothing. What a joke, GQ. #Kaepernick
Then she put her vote in the mix for JJ Watt.
She also offered some African-American alternatives.
For those who think I don't get the reason for protest you're wrong. Eagles Malcolm Jenkins met with lawmakers to help community. Dolphins Kenny Stills met with Miami police. More examples of Citizen of the Year.
McHenry can offer all of the opinions about who should have won the award that she wants. The fact remains that Kaepernick is recognized as a hero by a lot of people in this country because he, in essence, sacrificed his livelihood, personal dreams and goals to bring enlightenment to some serious issues facing our nation.
The resistance he receives is blatantly laced in stubbornness, racism and a disregard for people of color. Kaepernick has been blamed for all of the NFL’s problems by conservatives such as McHenry, who want nothing more than to discredit him and his actions over the past year.
By winning awards like the one bestowed upon him by GQ, Kaepernick is on the right side of history. His journey is being documented and respected by more people than the right wing media would have you know.