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NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce presented Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night, I will continue to work for the people.", and Kaepernick promised that "with or without the NFL's platform
Beyonce was brought out as a surprise presenter by comedian Trevor Noah. She said she was "proud and humbled" to present the award.
"Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion,
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, to change the way we treat each other. Especially people of color.",
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," Beyonce said. "Only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception
Last year's Ali Award winner,
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, called Kaepernick a "worthy recipient" during a video tribute., Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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,"He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African Americans their opportunities to equal education," Abdul-Jabbar said., jobs
Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of protests by NFL players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump.
Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn't been signed by another team. He filed a grievance against the NFL in October alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests.
saying the boxing great "mentored me without ever meeting me.",
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,He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali's legacy for fighting social injustice
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,"The footprints he leaves are large,
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," Kaepernick said,
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, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I'm taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.",
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, "and his life is and has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love
Kaepernick skipped the red carpet prior to the show and was not available for questions. The awards show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.
which included pledging $1 million to "organizations working in oppressed communities.",
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,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
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