GQ: Colin Kaepernick is 'citizen of the year'

Santa Clara CA USA San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes the football to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit Kyle Terada

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Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant were among the people named GQ's Men of the Year, announced Monday.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been under fire for starting the national anthem protests that have taken the sports world by storm over the past year or so.

Even without a check coming in this season, Kaepernick still made good on his promise to donate $1-million to charities and other causes around the USA.

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Kaepernick doesn't go on record with the magazine, but the issue includes commentary from 10 of his closest confidants, including rapper J. Cole, former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, filmmaker Ava DuVernay and activist Harry Belafonte.

"Though Colin Kaepernick continues his silent protest, he agreed to collaborate with GQ on a special project for our December Men of the Year issue in an effort to, as the piece explains, "reclaim the narrative of his protest". Apart from his perfectly poised coils, Kaepernick also wears a simple black leather jacket and turtle neck that serve as a powerful backdrop for the GQ logo highlighted in unifying colors of red, white and blue.

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.

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