(National Sentinel) Culture Wars: GQ Magazine will no doubt spark lots of outrage with its latest choice for “Citizen of the Year” — out-of-work NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started pre-game protests during the National Anthem last season when he helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to a dismal 2-14 record.
The honorarium is part of the magazine’s “Men of the Year” issue, and it features a detailed story about the effects his protests have had on his career, on the NFL itself, and on American culture in general.
In the opening paragraph, magazine editors wrote that Kaepernick has been effectively “locked out of the NFL,” then suggests that the former QB protested for the “clear reason” he wanted to take a stand against “systemic oppression and alleged police brutality against minorities.
Editors said his “determined stand” reminded them of other pro athletes like Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali because they “risked everything to make a difference.”
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Then the editors went on to claim that Kaepernick, whose last season with the 49ers was brutal to say the least, was better than three-quarters of all NFL quarterbacks currently on team rosters, insisting he has been “blackballed” from the league for his stance.
However, as ESPN reported, Kaepernick himself is not quoted in the lengthy article.
“As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence,” the editors wrote.
That said, he nevertheless agreed to participate in the story because “he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself,” said the article.
That no doubt referred to President Donald J. Trump’s criticism of players who continue to sit or kneel during the playing of the anthem, which the president — and tens of millions of football fans — find disgusting, offensive and inappropriate.
As we have reported, the NFL’s viewership, fan base, and ratings continue to drop amid ongoing anthem protests.
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