GQ: Colin Kaepernick is 'citizen of the year'

GQ: Colin Kaepernick is 'citizen of the year'

Colin Kaepernick appears on the cover of an upcoming issue of GQ after the magazine named him one of its 2017 Men of the Year.

Niners linebacker Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick previous year in his protest and has continued to kneel during the national anthem this season, was one of the individuals who spoke to GQ about his former teammate.

The ex-San Francisco 49ers signal caller is joined by "Wonder Woman" actress Gal Gadot, Golden State Warriors superstar forward Kevin Durant and "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.

"That's why we made a decision to photograph Colin in public, in Harlem, among the men, women, and children he is fighting for", the magazine's editors write.

"Colin also made it clear to us that he meant to remain silent", GQ states in the story.

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Kaepernick began kneeling instead of stand during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

The magazine named him "Citizen of the Year".

He did, however, actively work with GQ on this project, though he wasn't quoted: he got some of his closest friends and advisors, from acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay to legendary actor Harry Belafonte to his former 49ers teammate Eric Reid to his longtime girlfriend, Nessa, and others to speak on his behalf.

He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL-all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. "Period, point blank", rapper J. Cole said in the article. "He sacrificed his dream".

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