- The Washington Times - Monday, November 13, 2017

Colin Kaepernick was named Monday as one of GQ’s men of the year. 

The former NFL quarterback graced the cover of the men’s magazine with the headline “Citizen of the Year.” 

Kaepernick took place in a photoshoot, as well. GQ wrote that Kaepernick graced the cover specifically because of his activism work.

From GQ: 

Approximately 90 men are currently employed as quarterbacks in the NFL, as either starters or reserves, and Colin Kaepernick is better—indisputably, undeniably, flat-out better—than at least 70 of them. He is still, to this day, one of the most gifted quarterbacks on earth. And yet he has been locked out of the game he loves—blackballed—because of one simple gesture: He knelt during the playing of our national anthem. And he did it for a clear reason, one that has been lost in the yearlong storm that followed. He did it to protest systemic oppression and, more specifically, as he said repeatedly at the time, police brutality toward black people.

Kaepernick, according to the magazine, agreed to be on the cover because he wanted to “reclaim the narrative” centered around his protest.

In September, President Trump said “any son of a [expletive]” who protested during the national anthem deserved to be fired, sparking mass protests around the league.

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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