IN AUGUST, NFL star Colin Kaepernick sparked an international debate about race relations when he refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem prior to his San Francisco 49ers team’s preseason game.
His bold move came after a succession of black people were killed by police in America.
The quarterback later said he couldn’t “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of colour.”
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”, referencing a series of events that led to the Black Lives Matter movement.
He added that he would continue to protest until he feels like “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent”.
Following his protest, the 29-year-old was the chosen recipient of the most ‘Inspiration and Courageous Play’ award from his San Francisco 49ers teammates.
Every year, the San Francisco 49ers vote for the player on their team who should receive the Len Eshmont Award, which commemorate Eshmont’s “inspirational and courageous play,” according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
Previous recipients of the award include Niners greats like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young.