December 6, 2017
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Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at the Sports Illustrated Awards on Tuesday night to honor Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy award.
And for the critics that still don’t understand why the former San Francsisco 49ers QB protested, Mrs. Carter made you aware, “It’s been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism we’re protesting America. But let’s be very clear — Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selflessly serve and protect our country and our communities and our families.”
Kaepernick further expressed his gratitude on Instagram and even giving attention to Ali’s widow, Lonnie Williams, who was also in attendance.
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Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Muhammad Ali, he mentored me without ever meeting me. He in many ways laid the foundation of what I saw as the zenith of athlete-activism and perfecting the utilization of your platform as an athlete to force conversations about how America was not living up to what America professes to be. Lonnie Williams, the wife of Muhammad Ali was in attendance tonight. I am equally honored to share this space with her. She once said that, “Muhammad’s legacy is not just for me and his children and grandchildren, it’s a legacy for the world.” I accept this award, not for myself, but on behalf of the people, because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. If it were not for the peoples willingness to support me, I would not be on this stage today. Thank you very much to Sports Illustrated for the honor of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. I am humbled and honored to share this with the people. 📸: @KarlFergusonJr
And now that the important stuff is out of the way, can we talk about Bey’s post-baby body?
All hail Rumi and Sir Carter!