Queen Bey made a surprise appearance at Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year Awards to present Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.
Kaepernick, former quarterback to the San Francisco 49ers, gathered tons of attention in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem, in protest of police brutality toward people of color.
"It’s been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America," Beyonce said while presenting. "So, 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. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken."
In his acceptance speech, Kaepernick promised that he would continue his work for social justice. "With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people," he said.
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Colin had/has the biggest thing for Beyoncé too. How cute lol— GRAMMYs So WHITE (@BeyonceStanBish) December 6, 2017
Pretty cool seeing Beyoncé and Trevor Noah present Colin Kaepernick SI’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award and José Altuve and J.J. Watt receive their Sportsperson of the Year awards. pic.twitter.com/qczm5qdwqB— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 6, 2017