Everyone, take a knee. Colin Kaepernick is getting another award. After being named GQ’s “Citizen of the Year,” Sports Illustrated is handing over its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to the kneeling coward.
Usually, SI reserves the honor for a sports figure who has influenced social change for “decades,” but according to Steve Cannella, the magazine’s executive editor, that isn’s a strict requirement:
“The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is given to those who make the world a better place. The fact Colin hasn’t played this year or been on the field doesn’t disqualify him. That fact that he hasn’t played in a game actually shows what he has sacrificed for standing up for what he believes. There will never be another Muhammad Ali, but you can see the echoes of (Ali) in what Colin has done over the last 12 to 15 months.”
Kap is no Ali, as Larry Elder compared and contrasted the two athletes here at TruthRevolt:
[Ali] argued that his religious beliefs made him a conscientious objector who ought not be forced to join the military. In doing so, Ali faced up to five years in prison and was stripped of his ability to fight in the U.S. for more than three years, his prime years as an athlete. While the heavyweight title-holder avoided prison during his appeals process — that ended up in the Supreme Court — he was forced to hand over his passport, which prevented him from fighting overseas, as well.
Banned from boxing and stripped of his world heavyweight title, Ali argued his case on the road, speaking at a number of colleges and universities, where he repeatedly stated that he would rather abide by his religious convictions rather than violate them in order to make money. Martin Luther King Jr. urged his followers to “admire (Ali’s) courage. He is giving up fame. He is giving up millions of dollars to do what his conscience tells him is right.”
By contrast, Kaepernick wants to have it both ways. The NFL allows players to stand or not, depending upon their own choice. So the league actually gives players permission to stand or not to stand for the national anthem. In Ali’s case, his refusal to join the military cost him the ability to earn a living in his chosen profession.
Breitbart’s Dylan Gwinn nailed it, when he wrote, “In what has become undoubtedly the most award-winning and star-studded unemployment in the history of unemployment, Colin Kaepernick has won yet another award.”
Sure, modern culture requires everyone get a trophy, but this is getting ridiculous.
Kaepernick will receive the award at the woke-titled "SI’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards" ceremony in New York City next week. In a statement from Ali, the unemployed quarterback is praised “for his passionate defense of social justice and civil rights for all people.”
“Like Muhammad,” it continues, “Colin is a man who stands on his convictions with confidence and courage, undaunted by the personal sacrifices he has had to make to have his message heard. He has used his celebrity and philanthropy to benefit some of our most vulnerable community members.”
Correction, Kaepernick stands for nothing but himself. Period.