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Magazine Under Fire For Honoring Protesting NFL Player

A football player who refused to stand for the national anthem does not deserve to be “citizen of the year,” according to a conservative congressman.

GQ Magazine recently bestowed the honor on former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the first professional athlete to protest racial injustice during “The Star-Spangled Banner” when he remained seated before a pre-season National Football League game in August 2016. The player explained that he was reacting to multiple incidents of white police officers killing unarmed African-American men.

Kaepernick “has really stolen one of the greatest moments of Americana in professional sports out of everybody’s life,” Republican Rep. Brian Mast declared this week on Fox News. “I don’t think that’s worthy of praise.”

The Florida lawmaker, a 12-year U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan, suggested a different person he considers more appropriate for the magazine’s reward. He cited Rob Jones, another paraplegic veteran who took part in a marathon every day for a month to raise funds for wounded military service members. “That’s inspiration,” Mast said. “That’s drawing the best out of people. That’s the kind of person you name something after and you honor, not somebody that goes out there and finds a way to divide this country.”

Former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry, who often shares her conservative views on Fox News, agrees with the congressman. The New York Daily News reported that she tweeted Monday: “Wear socks depicting police officers as pigs; wear Fidel Castro as a fashion statement IN MIAMI; sue NFL for collusion when gf compares owners to slave owners. Win Citizen of the Year. Serve in the US military … nothing. What a joke, GQ. #Kaepernick.”

GQ Magazine’s editors, explaining their decision to honor the football player, wrote that “Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson — athletes who risked everything to make a difference.” McHenry responded by pointing to other NFL athletes as better choices for the award. “For those who think I don’t get the reason for protest, you’re wrong,” she wrote. “Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins met with lawmakers to help community. Dolphins’ Kenny Stills met with Miami police. More examples of citizen of the year.”

McHenry, referring to a Texans team member, also tweeted: “JJ Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims. 37 MILLION! But Kaepernick refused to stand for our national anthem (a year ago) and is Citizen of the Year. Right.”

Kaepernick, who has not signed with another team since his contract with the 49ers expired at the end of last season, has accused the league’s owners of blacklisting him because of his political activism. The Daily News noted that he has given a million dollars, in addition to all the money he makes from selling replicas of his football jersey, to “organizations working in oppressed communities.” Kaepernick created “Know Your Rights Camp,” which promotes education and teaches young people how to deal with police officers.

Source: Fox News Insider
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