Apparently, to be considered “citizen of the year” by GQ Magazine is a pretty low threshold, especially seeing as how they just named former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick — you know, the guy who started all the NFL protests — as their recipient of the not-so prestigious award.
Yes, to be a good citizen all one has to do is sit on their backside and donate big sums of money to the right charities while bad mouthing police officers and disrespecting the country that provided you with an opportunity to be a millionaire.
From The Free Beacon:
GQ Magazine has named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick as its “citizen of the year.”
The GQ cover features Kaepernick, and says in the top right corner, “Men of the Year: The New American Heroes.”
The quarterback has not played during the current season since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. His supporters have complained that he has not been signed by a new team as a result of his decision to kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem.
“In 2013, Colin Kaepernick was on the cover of this magazine because he was one of the best football players in the world,” GQ said. “In 2017, Colin Kaepernick is on GQ‘s cover once again—but this time it is because he isn’t playing football. And it’s not because he’s hurt, or because he’s broken any rules, or because he’s not good enough. 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.”
Kaepernick has stated he began protesting in response to “systemic racism” and policing in the United States.
“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,” the magazine continues.
Really? He’s one of the most gifted quarterbacks on earth?
Then riddle me this. Why isn’t he playing in the league right now? Why doesn’t a single team show any sort of interest in him? No, he’s really not all that and a bag of chips like the GQ folk want to make him out to be.
Secondly, what team in their right mind would want such a controversial and divisive figure on their roster? Apparently none of them.
The protests inspired by Kaepernick taking a knee have spread throughout the league and have angered many fans of the sport, causing tons of people to boycott this season.
Ratings are low and so is stadium attendance. Some players have lost sponsorships over this. You’d think that would send a lesson to the Kaepernicks of the world, but it hasn’t sunk in their heads yet.
What more is needed for them to get the point? Who knows. Maybe all those hits to the head really do cause significant brain damage.