GQ Magazine Declares Unemployed Football Player Colin Kaepernick “Citizen Of The Year”

Via GQ:

He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. But 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.

In 2013, Colin Kaepernick was on the cover of this magazine because he was one of the best football players in the world. 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. 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.

When we began discussing this GQ cover with Colin earlier this fall, he told us the reason he wanted to participate is that he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself. But Colin also made it clear to us that he intended to remain silent. As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence. It has helped his story go around the world. It has even provoked the ire and ill temper of Donald Trump. Why talk now, when your detractors will only twist your words and use them against you? Why speak now, when silence has done so much?

At the same time, Colin is all too aware that silence creates a vacuum, and that if it doesn’t get filled somehow, someone else will fill it for him. In our many conversations with Colin about this project, we discussed the history of athletes and civil rights, and the indelible moments it called to mind, and we decided that we’d use photography—the power of imagery and iconography—to do the talking.

By the end of the 1960s, Muhammad Ali’s stand against the Vietnam War—he’d marched in Harlem with the Nation of Islam after he was drafted and refused to serve—resulted in him being locked out of his sport for three years, at the peak of his talent, much as Colin is now. He continued to train throughout that period, waiting for his chance to return to boxing. He was known for jogging in the streets, and kids would chase him—the People’s Champ, boosted in his darkest days by the joy of his truest fans. That’s why we decided to photograph Colin in public, in Harlem, among the men, women, and children he is fighting for. To connect him to a crusade that stretches back decades. And because Colin has spent a year as a man without a team, we worked with him to assemble a new one: ten of his closest confidants—artists, activists, academics, and one legend of the civil rights movement—who shared with GQ what Colin’s protest means to them, and what we all should do next.

Ava DuVernay
Filmmaker, Selma, 13th, and 2018’s A Wrinkle in Time

I see what he’s done as art. I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn’t exist. A lot of people excel at creativity—making TV, movies, painting, writing books—but you can be an artist in your own life. Civil rights activists are artists. Athletes are artists. People who imagine something that is not there. I think some folks see his protests, his resistance, as not his work. Not intentional. Not strategic. Not as progressive action. As if this was just a moment that he got caught up in. This was work. This is work that he’s doing.

The last time I saw him was the night after Trump called him out at the Alabama rally. It was a really dynamic weekend. I had dinner with him and Nessa [Kaepernick’s partner]. To be able to sit with that brother on this particular day—on the day between two historic cultural moments that swirled around him—was shape-shifting for me. Being able to observe that and witness his stillness and wisdom—I’m just really honored to know him. He’s sitting there and I’m sitting there and I’m like, “Look at this brother—he’s doing better than any of us would’ve done.” A lot better. With a lot more elegance.

Carmen Perez
Activist, executive director of The Gathering for Justice, which addresses mass incarceration and child incarceration

What I always tell people is, I could teach you about the law, I could teach you about the criminal-justice system—but I can’t teach you how to have heart. We don’t need a movement full of experts. We need people who care deeply to stand up and offer what they have, because there’s a role for everyone. You make music? Make some for the movement. You cook? Organizers need to be fed. You teach self-defense or yoga? Help people heal. You’re an athlete? Use your platform to raise awareness. It’s not about everyone trying to become the next Martin Luther King Jr., because he had clergymen and journalists and artists like Harry Belafonte. It’s about how we connect to our neighbor and offer our skill set. As Mr. Belafonte has said: Don’t pay me back—pay it back to the cause.

I want people to understand that even if incarceration doesn’t personally impact you, or police brutality doesn’t personally impact you, you can still be involved. How can we show these mothers who are suffering that we love them and we care about them? I often ask: Can we see our liberation bound to one another’s? I’m a proud Mexican-American and Chicana who deeply believes that black lives matter and that once black people are free, then my people will be free.

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105 thoughts on “GQ Magazine Declares Unemployed Football Player Colin Kaepernick “Citizen Of The Year””

    1. Is George Soros an IRL troll???
      Would it be possible for a very rich person like him to repair the societal damage he has done using the very same buyout based manipulation tactics, or is it just too late with the damage being done permanent at this point?

      1. Before 2012, would you ever have predicted Radical Feminism, Hipsters, ugly manbuns, and this bizarro Tumblr culture to have ever become…A THING???
        How did things just become so broken practically overnight???

        1. DEGRIPPO
          It was sort of a reaction to some derelict alcoholic named Bush being elected and a feeling of real weariness for rednecks.
          Bush was not completely to blame for the recession and the rest of it but he presided over a grim era after Clinton left office during the relatively prosperous 1990’s.
          So there was a cultural backlash to middle America, cowboy hats and rodeos.

    2. Well, if you can have a man, voted the Woman of the Year (Caitlyn Jenner,) Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year ?? Then why not that F****k the Citizen of the Year ??
      & don’t forget the Nobel Piss Prize awarded to the retard faggot ??

    3. Just noticed that this combox has been flooded with downvotes… this article definitely triggered someone.
      Sorry, downvoters… if you’re looking for pussies who’ll stop butchering your sacred cows, they ain’t here.

    4. When are these morons going to learn they are just slabs of beef to entertain us through atavistic, sports violence. Period.
      Nobody gives a fuck about your opinions, just as we don’t care about beautiful female models extolling their vapid sentiments regarding the world. Just shut the fuck and remain silent slabs of meat until we feel like being entertained. Then, piss off, slavefucks.

        1. CS Furious
          If you consider Sicilians white, as his mother was an Italian-American named Russo.

      1. FITZ
        His mother was Italian-American which means Sicilian (Lots of them in Milwaukee) and Sicilians are a mixture of Greek, Arab, Roman and Jewish when it comes down to their actual DNA.

      2. Before I knew he was black, I assumed he was of some kind of Spanish/Moorish/Portugese/ Southern France- origin.

    1. I’m a NI.GGA…
      And You’re a NI.GGA…
      And We’re Both NI.GGA As…
      If You’re Lookin’ For a Becky Girl Here…
      Then You’re Outta Luck!!!

    2. Blacks and jews are comrades in arms in regards to 1) destroying white-European civilization by whining, and 2) taking advantage of the philia that whites have for them (for whatever reasons). If they plus Arabs are actually related genetically, I wouldn’t be a da-n bit surprised.

      1. “Related genetically”
        Well Judea and Egypt and the Middle East border one another so that is obvious.
        Just as English, Norman French and Danes are genetically related.

      2. VFM
        Jews and Arabs are related to more or less the same degree as a Japanese and a Navajo. Cousins, essentially.
        Jews are not particularly tough physically or mentally. Some of the women are foul-mouthed screamers of the Sarah Silver variety but on the street they cannot do shit. You just walk away from them.
        “Philia” Whites eat up the garbage that Jews perform in or write but in terms of admiring Woody Allen and wishing you could be him I am skeptical.

      3. Sephardics and Arabs are practically identical. Askenazim have incorporated a fair amount of Slavic and other European genes.

        1. You can see a great deal of Turkic-Mongol in some Ashkenazim. Someone like Weinstein is pure Khazar. No Slavic, no Arab. Just a middle-ages horseback convert from Central Asia.

    3. His mother is Italian and this is the reason for the semi-Arab looking features.
      Russo is no Jewish name.

    1. They named that Jenner Tranny “woman of the year” so this is actually tame in comparison.

    1. Skulomaniac
      “Muslim overlords”
      Which ones are these, the ghetto Africans and Berbers setting cars on fire and dealing drugs when they are not collecting a welfare check?
      I don’t see many French Muslim millionaires.

      1. Do some research on Qatar and France’s politicians; you may be surprised by what you find…

  1. How do we stop the hacker named 4c.han from hac.king all of the world’s computers, shutting down the world’s power grid, causing all the nuclear power plants to meltd.own, remotely launching ever on earth, and wiping out every hard drive with the world’s greatest comp.uter

    1. Would bang doggy style after a six pack with a double bagged Trojan. Definitely would pay money for her to leave.

    2. Ewww, what is wrong with guys these days!!! I can say 100% that the guy that posted this pic up is pedophile because normal men like myself are not attracted to such infantile looking women. I blame those Jap Crap cartoons for this. Men these days are either cucks, sissies, male feminists, gay, or some sort of pedophile or they have some sort of weird fetish for women with buzzed heads and hairy pits — YUCK!!!

  2. Citizen of the Year by GQ….huh. imagine that. What has GQ said about Harvey Weinstein in the past? meaningless really, as meaningless as twitter comments are in general. Stream of thought vomitted onto Twitter, or pushed by GQ…you can try to make all the hubbub about a “victim” named Kaepernick, but he done it to himself being a whiny disgusting nobtalent racist who wrecked himself on being a SJW.. a fate he CHOSE for himself while shitting on decency and sacrifices made by others.

    1. You do realize that it was an Army Special Forces vet that suggested kneeling in the first place right?

      1. You do realize that the Army vet is probably a liberal fag who knows nothing about anything…if asked about black crime or any other statistic he wouldn’t know shit…Fact is, Colin is a DUMB-ASS, ok, everything he thinks he is kneeling for is TOTAL BULLSHIT. Like literally, cops are the least of Black peoples concern…Black communities actually need more hard line cops, not less. Oh, and we know in the end Colin is a pro-black idiot who was doing what he did for attention. Kneeling was a total anti-white move, they are protesting the “evil racist” cops….so cut the shit.

        1. Honestly man I deal in facts. And your argument contains too many holes and opinions to be taken seriously. The only thing I agree with is that my community does have a lot of deepseated issues that need to be taken care of before this issue of police violence against blacks (which does exists) is tackled.

        2. The cops are evil and racist towards blacks. The law is suppose to be the good guys. America is not mexico or a third world banana republic.

  3. To me it’s never been about race completely, but power. Power corrupts and it doesn’t matter whether you’re black, white, brown, yellow, etc. Challenging power will most likely get you fucked up.

    1. cojo stayed up all night signing out and back in to downrate all others and uprate himself….did you really think the most obvious comment ratings are so lopsided to the SJWs, that the mental illness display would go unnoticed and believed? 40 plus upvotes to the liberal turd…yeah, thats believable.

        1. Yeah, sure, Cojo??? Why is it that you downvoted every comment some 38 odd times except for your own Left-leaning ones while leaving alone a few of the trollish ones? Also, you seem to be posting as “Duncan” because one of “his” comments was upvoted some 38 times, and there’s some other obviously trollish ones that were left alone including one by “4chin” that has a girl with short hair uploaded on it. In the comments for many of the recent articles, there have been pics and YouTube embeds with short haired girls on them. You’re probably some hipster beardo with what seems to be the obvious “obsession” for men of you’re type since it’s practically a “stereotypical observation” for many at this point; newsflash – those girls are “damaged” and READING THIS ARTICLE WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!

          Girls With Short Hair Are Damaged

          Stop projecting your “fetish” on us because practically all of us are interested in HEALTHY FEMININE WOMEN!!!

          Also, did you spend all night signing in and out to downvote all those comments, or did you “hire” some friends to do this for you. In either case, you are a LOSER, and it doesn’t surprise me one bit that you’re some hipster lamewad that’s probably going to be serving 15 years in prison and going to have to register as a Sex Offender for life just because you hit on some damaged boyish-looking short haired girl at work that’s going to tell the cops you raped her in some bathroom.

          Cojo, I suggest going fishing or hunting to get you’re mind off those evil feminist thots. The protein, frosty air, and adrenaline from those trips should help you build up your testosterone levels and counteract years of damage from soy consumption.

  4. Despite his antics, the one decent about him is that he has no criminal record as opposed to many of his colleagues in the NFL. No record of beating, drunkenness, drugs, or other stupidity for people that make that kind of money.

    1. There’s a retired player who explained why NFL players have a lower baseline crime rate than the average man (even though it’s probably higher than the average millionaire).

  5. I just couldn’t read all that garbage.

    Wasnt this guy riding the bench before it all started?
    His usefulness as a qb was already gone.

    What an ungrateful little bitch.
    Send his ads to Liberia. No whitey oppressing him there.

  6. GQ is garbage. The only thing Kaepernick accomplished was unknowingly starting the downfall of NFL’s popularity to an insane level. Leftists embrace victimhood and despise hardwork and values. People who think him his protest is his reason for unemployment obviously do not realize there are many others who still protest have work. He regressed and his win loss record after 2012 speaks to that.

    1. What if Kaepernick unwittingly trolled the NFL? I don’t follow sports other than F1 racing when Inused to have satellite TV as I couldn’ give a shit. It’s better to be a participant than a spectator. Sports and pornography, the worst time wasters of men. As my late father said, sex is not a spectator sport.

  7. To those who have ever had a GQ subscription, them labeling cultural sodomite Colin Crap-ernick as being “man of the year” – as absolutely ridiculous as it is – should come as no surprise.
    GQ has been a bastion of ultra-liberal BS and propaganda for years – I cancelled my subscription several years ago after reading only one or two copies. In 2016, they even had an article on why they thought Obama “will go down as the greatest president ever.”
    Need I say more?

  8. Lefty rat rag birdcage lining emergency toilet paper GQ has been irrelevant for years. Real men read ROK not GQ.
    As for Colon Krapernick there is a lot of hype and hot air about a third string bench warmer draft pick bust who isn’t even a part of any National Felon League team.

  9. I subbed to GQ years ago, when it was a magazine for men…. Now it’s just leftist propaganda written by a bunch of homosexuals. Rot in hell GQ.

    1. It’s been homo-heaven ever since Art Cooper left (2002?) and that ‘mo top editor entered and kicked out writer/novelist James Ellroy (who was known to make plenty of fruit/beaner/lezbo jokes).

    1. LOL!!!
      Seriously, why is it that all of the biggest Commies have those nasty stinky dandruff-covered afros, both male and female?

  10. He always looks annoyed. I suppose I would be too if I had a giant wad of pubic hair on my head.

  11. “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.”
    Legit LOL’d at that line. Conveniently they fail to mention that at the time he began this protest bullshit, he had lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert, so based on that “logic” that means Gabbert is a top tier QB as well.

    1. What a fucking joke. Kaepernick sucks and is a locker room distraction with his protesting bullshit. That’s why he doesn’t have a job in the NFL after turning down a 2-year, $14 million contract from the 49ers. No sympathy for that anti-American-crusading prick.

    2. Kaep is undoubtedly better than a good bit of employed QBs, but he’s not a top-tier starter. He’s a gamble to start, and the circus that would come with him makes signing him as a backup impossible.

  12. Struggling magazine needs some attention? Glamour mag recently named Linda Sarsour woman of the year.
    This gets all the free press clickbait they are after.
    The last NFL game watched around here was Arizona vs. San Fran where Colon three two pick sixes in 6 minutes and some incomplete passes at the receivers feet several times.
    Maybe the Cleveland Browns could use him as they quest to go winless for several seasons.

    1. It could be the same troll turd cockstain with nothing better to do or you can up/down vote multiple times with the same IP address.

    2. Yeah they are pretty dedicated. If they were that dedicated to finding a job, their life may not be so miserable. Silly SJW Warriors.

    3. Agreed….notice that every comment that bashes GQ (a piece of sh!t magazine that isn’t even good for style anymore) has an abundance of dislikes? Makes me wonder if someone on their desk is watching…
      Most ROK readers are not dumb enough to continue with their subscriptions – especially after this latest edition. ROK men know they can get their fashion and style sense from plenty of other sources – places that won’t make them advocate spending hundreds of dollars just to buy some “slim-and-trendy” suit that makes them look like a liberal fag.
      I’m just going to say it – BOYCOTT GQ!!!!

  13. LMAO at the inferior devotee Colon groupie fanboi ballwasher scrunts.
    Colon is shit and so is your face.
    ROK thanks you for the free page hits and traffic.

  14. GQ = Gay Quarterly, Once a very good magazine years ago in England a few years ago they employed a woman to run the English version she said she was going to employ more gay writes its now a total magazine for FAGGOTS.

  15. Everybody please down vote cojo. I think he is behind down voting comments 38 times.

    1. I don’t think so, I would bet what another commenter said, that GQ employees got wind of the comments trend and came to “equalize” things….Only this topic was affected , and it only had one dipshit supporter of the article that made his presence known (Cojo) He isn’t fooling anyone.

      1. Stop being so emotional dude. That’s a female trait.
        And I don’t work for GQ. I’m actually an air quality analyst in the Petrochemical field 👍🏿

        1. You’re gaslighting tactics ain’t workin’ here, buddy. Masculine men like ourselves just can’t be fooled by you’re BS deflection tactics. You’re clearly guilty, and you or your buddies are clearly doing the same on another article about immorality. Seriously, how much are you paying an army of cucks to downvote, spam, and do all kinds of dirty work for you; I’m bettin’ it ain’t even worth the money, you incompetent failure.

    2. A voice of rational thinking. I frequent ROK a lot and I enjoy reading the articles and this article was actually the first time I’ve ever left a comment. Love your work Roosh but there are some effeminate ass men lurking around here ready to attack with any logical reasoning behind their actions.

    3. @Cuck Crusher
      Man why are yall so goddamn angry lol? The creator of the site HIMSELF said that it was bots responsible for the down votes! But you dudes are so engulfed in your blind rage that you don’t know what to do with yourselves other than attack people you don’t know on the internet. Men are supposed to be rational and rational thinking is based in facts. And maybe, just maybe, my comment about power corrupting people had merit and that’s why it was up voted so many times. Hell I even acknowledged that there are problems within my community more important than police brutality. So please pull your heads out of your asses because people like yall are what’s wrong with this society-quick to be butt hurt instead presenting solutions to problems. And if having a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, having a six figure job, and being able to enjoy life as I please is failing then i’m the fuck up of the century guy.

  16. I hate when celebrities claim to be oppresed. A movie, a song or kicking a ball can make them earn millions, a quantity of money most of anonymous people can only dream with.

  17. Sicilians are Mainly Greek, Turkish, Arabic and Roman in ancestry.
    Less than 5% Jewish DNA in Sicily.
    Only the like-minded pay attention to themselves on the screen.

    1. YES
      Turkish? How is that? The Ottoman empire was never in Italy.
      Phoenician (Lebanese) I can believe although this would be so distant that it would be like an American of Norman English descent calling himself “Norwegian”.
      But Turkish.
      When were they in Italy?

  18. All magazines are Propaganda Vehicles.
    From photos, to content, to ads.
    People should view everything that comes into their orbit as propaganda, bc it is.

  19. Of course, It would actually matter if GQ was actually read by real men instead of being a fag rag.
    Otherwise, YAWN. The lil’ kneeler looks like a Chia Pet.

  20. I got something serious to let you guys know.
    Lately I have seen the truth, it’s unfathomable how far this rabbit hole guess… very deep… it’s been dug for centuries.
    The people pulling all this are nefarious, incredibly nefarious.
    One thing I have to tell you is. STOP with this white thing. You will become their victims. Just like the blacks have been victims of the civil rights movement…. created by (((them))).
    They are creating something similar for the whites. The end result for you will be where the blacks are now.
    What is “black culture”? There almost nothing positive about the “black culture”… that’s because the (((civil rights movement))).. the (((naacp))) and many other agencies created by them have stripped the blacks of any decent identity.
    If the “whites” continue, you are playing into (((their))) hands.
    I’m not sure how to combat this attack, but knowing of it is a start.
    The rabbit hole is deep… (((these))) people have never really existed in history, their existence is pure propaganda… remember that, everything they’ve achieved is through propaganda…. for centuries….propaganda.

    1. I always knew there was something wrong about them MRAs. Karen Straun and Paul Elam look like two J ews working a “Controlled Opposition” campaign in conjunction with the feminism that appeared the same time they came on the scene to screw men over. Roosh is a true man and one of the the only “manosphere” people I trust. This website is gold and Neomasculinity is the only answer as far as I can tell.

    2. In an abusive relationship where the husband beats the wife there is much talk about what is wrong with the woman, but almost no talk about what is wrong with the man. His violence is blamed on her: if dinner was on time, if the house was cleaner, etc, then he would not have to hit her.
      Is the woman perfect? No. Does she have faults? Yes. Should she do better. Of course.
      But it is also besides the point.
      Even if she were perfect, her troubles would not go away. Because he would be unchanged.
      The white relationship with blacks used to be nakedly abusive: it featured whips and chains and rapes and cutting off body parts and breaking up families. And later, hangings and bombings and never letting blacks forget that they were the lowest of low.
      The abusive mindset remains. You can tell because in the American mainstream you hear plenty about black pathologies, but almost nothing about white pathologies. Just googling the phrases shows that it is 93.7% “black pathologies” to 6.3% “white pathologies”.
      All our lives over and over again we hear all about what is wrong with black people. We have got so used to it that some expect me to do it too. Well, screw that. It is not the heart of the matter and, given how things are, it only feeds the racism – both white racism and internalized black racism.
      Further, most pathologies are driven by white racism itself. (Though not all, such as illegitimacy.)

      1. You’re full of shit…I’m a white from Detroit and most of us white Americans were not even in the US until 40 years after the Civil War in the North-Jews, Germans, Italians.
        You act like all whites are “peckerwoods” from Georgia when 90% of us in the North are the grandchildren of Europeans who were not in America until 50 years after Lincoln freed the slaves.
        Blacks are stronger than whites and better fighters who regard whites as weak anyhow.
        It isn’t slavery. Jews run Germany now and they were only slaves 70 years ago.
        White people don’t want to own or enslave black people. They just want to physically get away from them…like Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta. The trouble is when Jews and whites leave the city they take their money with them.

      2. X “White Pathologies”
        Italians don’t bother the rest of us whites when they kill one another and are smart enough to get rid of the body and the evidence in a “clean hit”.
        Sure, Tony Soprano has “pathologies” but they don’t do “drive-by” shootings that are noisy or bother society.
        So whites do not care if Italian gangsters kill one another in New Jersey.
        Bad Italian gangsters just waste one another or beat fools who borrow money from them and then finally go to jail at 46 (Again they are smarter than Crips and I think the Sopranos mentioned that Tony’s IQ was 138 which is MENSA) and that is the end of them.
        So they leave some dead bodies of fat Italians with rats shoved in their mouth or money up their ass.
        Nobody cares.

      3. We could fill this entire post space with statistics and analysis of what you refer to as black/white pathologies. But red pillers don’t do that. They ask the questions that matter. Like; Are you going to buy a home on S Halsted St. or W 77th St in Chicago? If not, why not?

        1. KNUCKLE
          Who would you rather offend? Some Hoodrat Groid inSouth Chicongo who WILL NEVER be able to come find you 20 miles away in the suburbs or a Tony Soprano-type Italian gangster who would find you if you offended him in another country.
          I’d rather offend the groid who 30 minutes later will be back smoking his blunt and 40 ounce or “rock cocaine” and will completely have forgotten everything and anyhow does not have the gas money to drive 20 miles out of his ghetto into the suburbs anyhow.

  21. I am very surprised JJ Watt didn’t make it after raising $35 million for hurricane relief in Houston. GQ has a different idea of what a good citizen is.

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