Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick has been named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine. The men’s fashion and livestyle magazine recognized Kaepernick for his social justice activism last year.

Kaepernick, 30, showed up for the cover shoot and a photo spread inside the issue, but he refused to sit for an interview.

The unemployed NFL quarterback tweeted that he was “honored” by the cover.

In the article titled “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced” the writer compares him to Muhammad Ali who refused to be drafted because war violated his religious beliefs.

In lieu of an interview, celebrities and notables commented on what Kaepernick’s activism means to them.

Kaepernick sparked the ongoing NFL protests during the national anthem by refusing to come off the bench last year. He told reporters that he was protesting racial inequality and police brutality.

But the protests evolved into acts of defiance toward U.S. President Donald Trump, who told team owners to fire or suspend players who bent a knee during the anthem.

Only 3 players knelt during games over the weekend as America observed Veteran’s Day.

Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos has filed a lawsuit against team owners claiming they colluded with Trump to deprive Kapernick of a paycheck. But legal analysts say the claim will be difficult to prove in court.

Kaepernick graces one of four GQ covers this month. The other covers include TV host Stephen Colbert, NBA player Kevin Durant, and actress Gal Gadot.

Photos by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images, GQ magazine




  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    I like Colin. He isn’t a dummy. He can spot exploitation when he sees it.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    He didn’t refuse, he is just smart. He is in the middle of a lawsuit, and does not want his words to be used against him.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I like how he refuses to conform to what others want him to be now.

  • You Could Never

    That
    Damn
    ‘FRO

    SHEW. Yass Kap. YASSS.

    Still so proud of his stance.

  • justlooking

    Come through Black Power Colin, don’t break your silence. WE HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a00c1aa6953ed5bae961162b1965963a6a37dffb24eceec8be43176f751a70fa.gif

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Citizen Of The Year. Well deserved.

    A lot of people talk a good game, but this man put millions of dollars at risk to stand up for what he believes in. Not too many people would actually do that.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    The New Huey P.! Colin Kaepernick for President

  • You Could Never

    Im hoping now that they are in their official off-season after the Astros won the World Series…that Kap pops up in someone’s spring training as part of an MLB team lol. How cool would THAT be? Give the NFL his whole entire ass to kiss as his final swan song… and be like Im a baseball player now. Fukk yall frfr lol

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Now we just need about 40 million more Kaepernick’s who will stand against social injustice, political thugs, media bullies, and Unka Toms and Tomasina’s.. it would be EPIC..

  • MsPam

    Please Colin ain’t never ever going to be a Huey P. Newton!

  • Coffee1st

    I wouldn’t have neither. Commenter below was right, he mess around and do that interview, his words will be twisted and turned and left up for individual interpretations.
    Screw them and that fake acknowledgement.

  • anjanette b

    That cover looks very powerful…

  • Karen Brady

    Lookin’ like a snack Baby ???

  • ShelbyMoore

    Half black person standing (or in this case kneeling) for black people’s rights, but they have these other black as$ players who have two black parents and aren’t doing shat….don’t care about shat except putting money in their pockets.

    Colin deserves everything he gets…history will be very kind to this young man.

  • Unhappy American

    He SAVAGE AF ?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    why say NEVER? unless you mean he’ll never become a drug addict.

  • Vonn

    Congrats Kaep!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. It’s interesting and ironic that this biracial man is more pro-black than a lot of Tyrese-looking negros out there.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    When was the last time Colin knelt down or displayed any activism? Colin is narcissist who drew attention to himself with his “protests” only after he was benched last year. Wake up, hun.

  • brownisback

    He doesn’t need to do an interview because his actions speak way more than anything he could say. A person’s action have a bigger impact that their words

  • Shannypoo1976

    Proverbs 17:27-28New Living Translation (NLT)
    27 A truly wise person uses few words;

  • brownisback

    *throws keyboard at you*

  • You Could Never

    Bloop

  • Liah

    Action speaks louder than words!…Congrats Kap!

  • isaiit

    When was the last time Colin was on an NFL team playing? Find that out and you have your answer

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What actions? What has he done lately?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames
  • MsPam

    Even as a crackhead Huey will always be better than Colin! As James Brown said in the song I’m Black and I’m Proud “ We rather die on our feet than keep living on our knees” Did MLK march on his knees?! Some black folks don’t know it about their history.

  • You Could Never

    Displays some on his social media every single day.

  • MissHarlem

    So we are just going to ignore the school visits, lectures and donations that’s been done as recent as early this month. I guess it’s easier to fit your narrative ?

  • Li

    Hmm…I don’t follow Colin, but wasn’t he adopted? Or was he a bi-racial child raised by a single mom? He seems to have daddy issues and ethnic issues….I’m just saying.

  • justlooking

    Why do folks keep saying he biracial/half black. He is black period and the WHITE are treating him as such. Let’s stop with he is not black enough crap.

  • You Could Never

    In Harlem actually giving away book bags to in need youth just last month. I caint

  • Nina Ross

    He’s in litigation so i’m sure he was advised to be silent for the time being…congrats Kap

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Good for him.

    His attorney probably advised against the interview. I would have. There is nothing to be gained from it.

    I watched the PBS Black Panthers documentary over the weekend. Smh. What happened to our black men, man? (rhetorical)

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Acknowledging that he is biracial isn’t the same as saying he isn’t black enough. IMO anyway.

  • Trace da Ace

    LMAO!!! Yeah, I am ducking with you on this one…..but Colin is fine as wine…so I’m just going to leave it at that. 🙂

  • brownisback

    LMAO!
    This gets me every damn time

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Not sure what “ethnic issues” you’re referring to.

    Yes, he is biracial, and was given up for adoption and was adopted by a white family. Unlike a lot of biracial people, he’s well aware of his blackness and has never distanced himself from that or black people as a whole.

  • Nina Ross

    I disagree, the “one drop rule’ was created by white supremacist for a reason… to make being ‘black’ some type of catch all that can include damn anybody they choose.

  • MsPam

    That’s his problem his mother won’t tell him about his black father. Was adopted by a white family. She went on to have more children ( white) forgot about him until he became famous.

  • MissHarlem
  • Nina Ross

    He has issues with the police executing Black men, women and CHILDREN! Maybe you should go research Tyre King & Tamir Rice.

  • MissHarlem

    Thank you. With the dashiki on like google is everyone’s bff I’m so confused how you can be so smart yet so……

  • Blak

    Hands down the biggest fraud in history. He stands for nothing and can;t backup the movement he started for publicity.

  • iWasteTime

    Hey Sandra!
    He continues to hold “Know Your Rights” seminars.
    He continues to donate his money to grass roots, established and his own organizations all while unemployed.
    Most recently 25K to Assata’s Daughters

  • Anunnaki

    They started selling out to high heels and dresses, and became the bish they are today, NOT ALL,but u catch my drift

  • Armymom20

    Tomi Lahren and Fox News are upset LOLOLOLOL oh well

  • brownisback

    I’m sure dude played centerfield with that arm

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They both did their thing in different ways on behalf of the rights of black people. We can recognize them both. We don’t need to put one of them down to lift up the other.

  • brownisback

    You made me think of the old Soul Train episodes where some of them were voguing and twirling like nobody’s business

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    so you are mad at the manner in which Colin initiated his protest (by kneeling)? Don’t you think you’re taking it way to literal…his protest has continued, through his non conformity. And with all do respect, to the late great MLK, he was one of the most passive protesters in history….Colin is young man only just having turned 30, we don’t know how far his path will go…WE can’t begin to measure what his impact will be upon the world….Just like we couldn’t stop respecting Huey’s impact, despite him being a junkie.

  • Jen_no_juice

    When aren’t try upset

  • free

    that afro looks soooooo moisturized….

  • free

    that was just disco style…i hope.

  • brownisback

    Ion know much about disco but yeah we’ll go with that. Spinnin, twirlin and splittin

  • Armymom20

    Exactly, they always crying about something.

  • MsPam

    Colin will stop when/if a football team picks him up. Your stupid if you think Huey was just a junkie.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I love his hair! I wish mine could do that!

  • MythCalledLove

    I think he feels like why the hell now? Noone stood by me or supported me. It was all for personal gain it was never really supported him early on. He was treated like he was toxic. No team would give him a chance then once it comes out of the shadow. The true message was lost.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    honey, i never said he was just a junkie…you’re missing the message.

  • Noirluv45

    I was just going to write, “He sure has a tight fro.”

  • MsPam

    She/It called Huey a junkie I did not name call.

  • brownisback

    Juices and berries lol

  • Noirluv45

    Naw, that was before disco. Lol. That’s how they did it back in the day. This was, I think, back in 1974. My former friend is the one doing the bump (couple 3). Her daughter (Kandyce Pearson) even posted.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOvb4uA9E7E

  • Noirluv45

    Yes, indeed, they did.

  • Anunnaki

    Lol

  • hottlanta

    Wow loving the photo so fresh and fierce. No tattoos on his face or gold in his mouth.This takes me way back. Football attendance is way up while Papa John orders are down. I laugh every time I see Dump with the raised fist in the air. if Obama had done that he would been called militant,a Black Panther member, not American etc, etc. But when Dump does it no one says nothing. This photo makes a statement to me the same way Marvin Gaye made a statement wearing that leather jacket on his “What’s Going On ” album cover. Like yeah what the hell is going on.

  • hottlanta

    You know white folks get upset when they can’t control a situation especially when it comes to black folks.

  • Noirluv45

    Very well explained. ??

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    SHE, Ms. Pam…. i’m a woman, born one, will die one. From your out lash, i assume you are well into your age, so i will not be disrespectful. We can simply disagree in peace, without you choosing to be disrespectful, because we’re not aligned.

  • hottlanta

    Did you cry when they show the episode about Fred Hampton. The door scene with all of the bullet holes was surreal.

  • Noirluv45

    Me too. I remember my cousin saying, “Too bad he missed.”

  • Coy little wink

    Chile….me too ?

  • Noirluv45

    Kneeling is considered a sign of respect, so I think that was his intent. He knelt in their honor. I’m sure MLK didn’t march on his knees, but I’m sure he did a lot of praying on them.

  • Noirluv45

    It doesn’t have to be either/or but and/both.

  • hottlanta

    Awwww sukky sukky now. We used to all be in the house watching Soul Train and when it went off would bring out the boom box and do some of those dances and have a dance off. We lived in the projects and the kids in the houses up the street would come down and party with us. Best child hood ever.

  • Mrs. ??????????

    Colin’s afro is life.

  • klwbaby
  • HTOWNPinkPuffingHerbal

    ??????????

  • Noirluv45

    Lol! Wait, I think I got it. I’m on the late train. Are you referring to Coming to America?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    When I was a child, I combed my hair with an afro pick and applied a whole can of Aquanet. Disastrous results!

  • Anunnaki

    I bet it was my gran live in projects, and I love it, the best times ever…i hated to go home…..lol

  • brownisback

    lol yes

  • brownisback

    I’m sure it felt just like Sandra’s freeze curls she used to rock
    #noshade

  • brownisback

    That’s that Michael Jackson before Off The Wall fro!

  • ALLMINE?

    they were gonna torch his ass in that interview..

  • Bossy704

    The one drop rule would show that most of us are ‘black’. I traced my family history and the amount of passing that went on the early 1900’s is astonishing. Some of my relatives say we really were white but come son…I’s Negra! My grandma was born “white” and died “white” (something with the social security numbers and odd and even numbers) but my grandma was Black Indian or Indigenous/Aboriginal American aka Cherokee. You don’t have to be African or dark skinned to be Black lest we forget….

  • Bossy704

    Yep. He’s Black. Most biracial folks are forced to choose though some don’t. We can’t argue about which side Kap reps and he is going through the struggles of a Black man so that s enough for me. I’m with Kap!

  • hottlanta

    Me and my best girlfriend who lived in the houses talk about that to this day. We were a community where we looked out for each other. Schools/grocery and shops all there together. I tell people I lived in a community not a hood. If someone was late on the rent, we threw a rent party. If someone needed a baby sitter we had that as well. Nobody betta not think about disrespecting our elders or our women. Some things didn’t need to be said because we knew.

  • Bossy704

    He made the right choice because his words would have been twisted and sensationalized.

  • hottlanta

    Blow Out kit.

  • MsPam

    They’re praying!

  • ALLMINE?

    he should have thought about the outcome b4 he made that decision.. someones gonna wanna interview u bro. lol i hope he’s getting prepared..

  • hottlanta

    Every time I see that I just see Obama jumping from behind that pedestal to kick some azz.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    his lawyer told him to shut his ass up; you have a lawsuit pending. good job

  • MsPam

    This is America not a Asian country LiAngelo Ball

  • Desiree Edwards

    i’m just loving his afro!

  • hottlanta

    Nice catch.

  • free

    so yall saying his afro ain’t like randy moss?

  • hottlanta

    Aquanet. ROTFLMAO. No wonder the ozone layer is all messed up.

  • justlooking

    1. He’s turned down several interviews
    2. Anyone that has pending litigation should never speak to the https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68ed720b0f7ce2f647a46ccbd1b16fa5b55e8e84a411c92d5a67b0808fa62af8.jpg to press (GQ know he is easy on the eye and what to they have to loose by having him do a voiceless spread. LOVE IT)
    3. I read it below, could not find the post (font), that fist pumping that Trump is doing is racist. Period.

  • hottlanta

    From one Prince to another.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lYTSoJfCYw

  • free

    awwww shyt! this brings me back to saturdays when i used to get my hair washed and had to sit between my mama’s legs to get it styled, oiled (yes, afro/ultra sheen), and plaited while watching soul train! one of my neighbors moved to cali and danced. his name was “apple jack” and we would get excited when he was on lol.

    you see this and then you look at them sad a$$ soul train lines we have now lolol.

  • klwbaby

    There are several pics of people kneeling during the civil rights movement.

  • i troll it like i see it

    He looks just like Adam Sandler.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    hottlanta, thank you for posting this…i am a child of the 70’s and grew up with soul train playing in the background of my saturday mornings. My mother was a soul train dancer. This brought back memories

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    all the shade

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    LMAO! I walked outside and the wind blew that sh/t down like a house of cards.

  • hottlanta

    Get outta here Love it. I love my era growing up. That is why when Bounce TV first came on I would get dressed in the morning looking at all of those old Soul Train video and would almost be late for work. It must be wonderful to have a parent that has a part of history of the longest running show ever. Soul Train beat out American Band Stand. Soul was more than music it was fashion all the way.

  • hottlanta

    We were funky, phune and free YASSSSS!!! Didn’t have to worry about no one getting shot or nothing.

  • SumthinSweeter

    Demonstrating that he is a real activist by remaining low key and letting his actions speak.

    But lol, at these shady ass but funny comments about his fro and how he look like Prince -_-

  • hottlanta

    Yeah, like Kevin Hart showing the whole world he gave a homeless man all that money. I was like really man.

  • brownisback

    OF COURSE NOT!

  • You Could Never

    fkkdfnfgkdndndkndkndkkd well into your age. *fights da air*

  • hottlanta

    Black women had to learn real quick about our hair products because those Breck Girl commercials had our hair all messed up. Ultra Sheen/Afro Sheen hair products were right on time. I went into the beauty supply store and saw a jar of Sulphr 8 and had a heart attack.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Not Sulfur 8! OMG! That took me waaaaaaay back!

  • JV

    GQ? I would be very surprised if they tried to misconstrue him from what I’ve read of their work. It would’ve been a good read, but like others said: Not wise to talk when you have a lawsuit pending.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe
  • hottlanta

    I am still laughing how folks would get that brown liquid Glover’s Mane and mix it with Vaseline and put it in their head to make their hair grow, That smell would keep away mosquitoes for miles. The things we black women go through to have long/luxurious hair.

  • Anunnaki

    Girl yessss, omg. It really was a community, we all knew each other, but when I go home, it’s was like do anyone live out here, everyone kept to themselves. Not much of a community, mostly white folks, I truly hated going home, I loved granny house, they all looked the same but dammit it felt more like a home, if they eat ,you eat, omg…times have changed..

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    To me he looks more like an Arab. I know he’s not. He’s got an Arab nose. Although when he was a kid, he looked totally different – I didn’t even know that was him. I wonder who he’s channeling with that Afro? Prince or The Jackson 5?
    http://z3.ifrm.com/67/29/0/p181593/0000382247_004.jpg
    https://clutchpoints.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/nick-young-colin-kaepernick.jpg
    http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/002/690/510/20140103_075116_ColinKaepernick2831_crop_north.jpg?1388946689&w=630&h=420
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/1JKGLkleoNI/maxresdefault.jpg

  • Q
  • KcoolMuziq
  • imright

    Colin is such a cutie

  • hottlanta

    You were young full of life. Thank God you had parents who looked out for you and loved you. Glad you didn’t channel your energy into something negative that will follow you for the rest of your life.

  • brownisback

    Let me just put this out there! I did not like this afro on Prince!!!
    I still love you!

  • Noirluv45

    I’m here for what you said! Every Saturday, ST was a staples. That’s where we got our latest styles and dances. I remember anxiously waiting to hear who the guests were. There are some epic episodes too like the one with Joe Tex singing, “I Gotcha” and how Damita Jo Freeman got on stance and danced. Classic! Lol @ Afro/Ultra Sheen cosmetics. Ah, the memories!

  • KcoolMuziq

    I loved it! Because Prince went full circle from when he entered the music industry in 1978. Then returned to the Afro in 2016 right before he transitioned into his afterlife.

  • Bossy704
  • starbright9449

    He looking like a snack. The things I’d do to him if he’d let me. Love the fro.

  • starbright9449

    He’s way cuter.

  • ?Royalty?

    ??

  • hottlanta

    This is ole man fro Prince.

  • ?Royalty?

    ????????

  • hottlanta

    He would have gotten a lot of trim from back in that day with that fro and being light skinned as well would have been the icing on the cake. I got a picture of myself with my fro like that in the foyer and folks stop and ROTFLTAO.

  • ?Royalty?

    My mom has that nose. We have no Arab in our ancestry. I thought it was a J3wish nose. She has that in her background. ?

  • i troll it like i see it

    They both look like regular white guys to me, one just has an Afro.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Bae!

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    and could get it anyway he liked it, fro, perm, jerri curls, bald fade, bald bald……whatever he liked…

  • Shannypoo1976

    LOL!!! I was in the beauty supply this weekend and saw that spritz that comes in that brown bottle and almost took off running up outta there. Used to get them spritz curls that you don’t even bother to comb out. Tragic!

  • Shannypoo1976

    Of all the shade trees in the world! lol

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    Nah nah nah… Not Emperor Selassie. They wrong for this.

  • dontgetblocked

    A below average player who made a bad decision and got himself blacklisted. Time to look for another career.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    He has donated over a million dollars of his own money. He established a non profit organization specifically to educated minorities in knowing their rights. He does tons of school visits and philanthropy work

    http://kaepernick7.com/mhome/

  • Kimberly King

    He looks very attractive on this cover. And I’m glad he didn’t give an interview!

  • Allihave2say

    Look at the photo of Kaeperknick and the other guy kneeling, carefully. See the expressions of each black man in that one photo. There are quite a few who look disgusted with themselves for standing.

  • Allihave2say

    He filed a lawsuit against the NFL. Silence is a requirement.

  • Allihave2say

    I’m beginning to think Kevin Hart is highly narcissistic.

  • hottlanta

    He is. He gave his rib a baby shower and had the nerve to have her all by herself and had the caption I don’t care if yall hate me or love me she does and say what you wanna say. OMG folks went in on Twitter. I couldn’t breathe after reading those comments. I think after that someone told him he needs to chill out being online. I haven’t seen him online since.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You’re an idiot

  • Maxima

    Grreat photo, I am glad for him!

  • Malcom Flex

    That fro! Light brite to the rescue.

  • sunni_daze

    I love this photo. Love it.

  • ShWa

    I don’t blame him, so they can twist his words around and further condemn him in the US?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Actually Kaepernick deserves to be Time’s Person of the Year given the fact that all of the situations that have happened in the NFL and he hasn’t set foot on a football field this season.

  • HeartOfGold

    Congrats Colin!

    His body is ? #sorrynotsorry

  • HeartOfGold

    Sandra, are you really this lost in the sauce when it comes to Lap and the work he has done? Are you serious with your RW rhetoric or is it just to add more comments to your blog. What’s really the truth? (insert Oprah meme)

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Are you talking about “freeze curls?”

  • brownisback

    It was just shaped weird to me lol

  • KcoolMuziq

    I know what U mean. It didn’t fit his immaculate image. I was really bothered by all the magazine cover stories that catered to his perm look after he passed. They weren’t true to his real, current look. Not one of them. Prince was more than just a pretty face.

  • Shannypoo1976

    haha yes. you could smell that burnt hair coming around the corner

  • esh

    this is a gold mine. for real. this is amazing. i love this. they will never be able to duplicate this or take this from us. props!!!!!

  • Drea982

    Congrats Colin. I think it’s funny that people keep commenting on what type of player he is or isn’t. I’m sorry, I didn’t know this was about football. I thought this was about racial brutality and police injustice. Of course this country puts WAY too much energy in sports. It’s a game and 90% of these players are sitting pretty not caring about any of their fans. He stands for something much deeper and more important. He makes me want to “Take the knee” too btw. LOL.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    LMAO!