Colin Kaepernick will be featured on the cover page of GQ’s December issue as ‘2017 Citizen of the Year’ for his protest against the social injustice and police brutality. The other faces of GQ that will join former San Francisco 49ers quarterback are NBA star Kevin Durant, actor Gal Gadot and comedian Stephen Colbert.
“He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL — all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked everything to make a difference.”, the magazine wrote in a news release about the cover.
“Colin also made it clear to us that he intended to remain silent. As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence. It has helped his story go around the world. It has even provoked the ire and ill temper of Donald Trump.”, GQ mentioned in the article.
Kaepernick also expressed his gratitude towards the magazine for choosing its ‘Citizen of the Year’. On Monday morning, he tweeted, “I’m honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year”. It will be the second time that Kaepernick is the face of GQ after 2013.
Kaepernick’s story in GQ is told by the people close to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback like his partner Nessa Diab, his former teammate Eric Reid, filmmaker Ava DuVernay etc. Eric Reid said, “My goal this year has been to get the narrative back on track. We started having communications with the NFL, and they said they’re going to help us make progress on these issues.”
Reid added, “But the next step is to get Colin back in the NFL. Because he’s the one that started this. I think we’re finally getting where me and Colin envision this going. Now it’s time for him to get back in the league.”
“Had (Kaepernick not taken a knee), this guy would be making millions of dollars right now. Period, point blank. And more important than the money, he was living his dream. He sacrificed his dream.”, rapper J. Cole said in the article.