On Tuesday, notoriously uninformed political protester and former quarterback Colin Kaepernick received something he didn’t deserve: another award. At the 63rd annual Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony, music star Beyonce presented a glass statue trophy to the man who is almost single-handedly responsible for the demise of the National Football League.
On SI.com, the iconic sports publication honored unemployed Kaepernick's win of the Muhammed Ali Legacy Award with a 1968 quote from Ali himself:
“If I was walking down the highway with a quarter in my pocket and a briefcase full of truth, I’d be so happy.”
The quote, unfortunately, was ironic: the injustices which Kaepernick protested -- back before he was more likely to be given a position as community dogcatcher than starting quarterback -- do not exist. As the National Review reports, "Police violence against black men is rare." According to Phillipe LeMoine:
"Let’s start with the question of fatal violence. Last year, according to the Washington Post’s tally, just 16 unarmed black men, out of a population of more than 20 million, were killed by the police. The year before, the number was 36. These figures are likely close to the number of black men struck by lightning in a given year, considering that happens to about 300 Americans annually and black men are 7 percent of the population. And they include cases where the shooting was justified, even if the person killed was unarmed."
Nevertheless, in the words of SI last week, the award is given each year to someone who “embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world.” The long-running magazine said Kaepernick had been chosen for the award because of his "steadfastness in the fight for social justice, for his adherence to his beliefs no matter the cost.”
Boxing legend Ali's widow said in a statement to Sports Illustrated:
“I am proud to be able to present this to Colin for his passionate defense of social justice and civil rights for all people.”
She went on to compare Kaepernick to her deceased husband:
“Like Muhammad, 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. And he has used his celebrity and philanthropy to the benefit of some of our most vulnerable community members.”
One group won’t be awarding Kaepernick any time soon: NFL fans. To many, his virtue-signaling, anti-anthem protests caused a chain reaction that ruined the game. Adding insult to injury, he recently filed a grievance against the league, claiming he had been blacklisted due to his political beliefs.
But from the Left, the kudos keep coming: on Sunday, Colin was also given the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award by the American Civil Liberties Union. Additionally, he was named GQ's Citizen of the Year.
It's difficult to recall someone who, for protests based on complete ignorance, was granted so much praise as Colin Kaepernick. The overwhelming left-wing support for a radical who has worn socks on the football field depicting cops as pigs, and praised murderous dictator Fidel Castro's education policy, reflects the Left's preference for political narrative over truth. They love postured protests against imaginary oppression, while embracing tyrants guilty of actual oppression.
Oh well, at least we can count on Sports Illustrated for the Swimsuit Issue. Or is that oppressive too?