While the NFL Is Losing Viewership, Colin Kaepernick Is Living His Best Life

Honoree Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage at the ACLU of Southern California annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Dec. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

On Sunday, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick was honored at the ACLU of Southern California’s annual Bill of Rights Dinner, where he accepted the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award to a standing ovation.

“We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised,” Kaepernick said as he accepted the award, USA Today reports.


In addition to having one of the best and most luxurious Afros ever, he’s currently vying to be named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017 and is set to be presented with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at the magazine’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards in New York City on Tuesday. He was already named GQ’s Person of the Year.

I think it’s pretty clear that Kaepernick is currently living his best life. After protesting the killings of unarmed black men, women and children during the 2016 NFL season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract and became a free agent. He was successfully whiteballed by NFL owners after white patrons considered the quarterback’s protest, which included kneeling during the national anthem, to be un-American.

While Kaepernick has yet to find an NFL home, he has continued working toward his pledge to donate $1 million of his own money to black causes. So far, he has donated some $800,000 to various organizations, a list of which can be found here.

Keep shining, Kap!

Read more at USA Today.

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.