Sports Illustrated hosted their annual Sportsman of the Year Ceremony today at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The superstar singer stunned the audience at the Barclays Center on Tuesday when she made a surprise appearance to present Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammed Ali Legacy Award, which he received after beginning the social justice protest that has swept the National Football League the past two seasons.
The award which was announced by Trevor Noah is given to an athlete who uses their platform to promote change.
Kaepernick also recently was honored by the ACLU of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and was named GQ magazine's "Citizen of the Year" for his activism, which included pledging $1 million to "organizations working in oppressed communities".
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The mom of three descended the stage in a glittering Laquan Smith dress and gave a rousing speech before handing the statue off to Kaepernick.
After Beyoncé made her introduction, Kaepernick joined her on stage to accept the Ali Award. She also explained why the former 49ers quarterback was the ideal person to take the award home this year.
"With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people", Kaepernick concluded.
The ex-49er said he hoped to continue Ali's legacy of fighting social injustice, saying the late iconic boxer "mentored me without ever meeting me". "Colin took action with no fear of consequences or repercussions, only hope to change the world for the better".
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Well said. In case you forgot, the football stud sparked national debate previous year when he began kneeling during the national anthem in an attempt to protest racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. Although many have voiced their support for Colin, the American athlete has been met with quite a bit of criticism too.
President Donald Trump has bashed the athlete on numerous occasion for his actions.
Former honoree, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, said Kaepernick was a "worthy recipient". "To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color".
The full award show will air on NBC Sports Network on Friday.
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