Congresswoman Maxine Waters was thrilled to hear that GQ honored Colin Kaepernick by making him the magazine’s “Citizen of the Year.”
TMZ recently caught up with her and inquired about her thoughts on the move. “Oh my goodness. That seems fabulous,” she said when hearing about Kaepernick receiving the title. “I think that he has absolutely sacrificed an awful lot for what he believes in and people with the courage to do what they think is right despite the consequences must be respected and honored,”
GQ explained the selection of Kaepernick for the cover in a press release earlier this week. “He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL — all because he took a knee to protest police brutality,” the statement read. “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.”
Kaepernick began kneeling during games last season. The move caused a storm of controversy among military veterans, political pundits, and social justice warriors. Many teams refused to sign Kaepernick this season leaving him without a job. Things got even more heated when President Donald Trump suggested that players kneeling during games should be thrown off the field. This led players from other teams in the league to join his cause in droves. Kaepernick filed a lawsuit against the NFL and one of his lawyers promised he’d be signed soon.