Colin Kaepernick Is GQ’s 2017 Citizen of the Year

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the movement of NFL players protesting during the national anthem last season and remains unemployed after parting ways with the 49ers in March, appears on the December cover of GQ as the magazine’s “Citizen of the Year.”

Warriors star Kevin Durant, late-night host Stephen Colbert and actress Gal Gadot are among the other celebrities recognized in GQ’s “Men (and Woman) of the Year” issue, which will feature photographs of Kaepernick in Harlem, “intending to evoke the spirit of Muhammad Ali’s anti-Vietnam War protests in the neighborhood during the late 60s.” Kaepernick doesn’t go on record with the magazine, but the issue includes commentary from 10 of his closest confidants, including rapper J. Cole, former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, filmmaker Ava DuVernay and activist Harry Belafonte.

“As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence,” GQ’s editors write. “It has helped his story go around the world. It has even provoked the ire and ill temper of Donald Trump. Why talk now, when your detractors will only twist your words and use them against you? Why speak now, when silence has done so much?” Source (Read more click here)