After taking a stance all last season and basically being shut out of the NFL as a result this season, there hasn’t been too many soundbites of Colin Kaepernick and how he feels about the league that’s basically blackballing him.
Tuesday was a special day for the former 49ers quarterback as he was set to receive the Sports Illustrated‘s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. After receiving that award, the free agent QB made it clear that he will continue combating racial injustice in America, regardless of whether or not he returns to the NFL.
“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.
“With our without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah introduced Kaepernick before Beyoncé took to the stage to hand him the award.
Kaepernick basically sparked a National debate after he stated his cause for kneeling during the National Anthem last season. That stance on protesting racial inequality and police brutality in America came at a hefty price, but as you can tell by his words, he has no plans of stopping anytime soon.