Free agent quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant were bestowed the honor of being named GQ’s Men of the Year. Also making the list for people of the year were Stephen Colbert and actress Gal Gadot, the star of the blockbuster movie “Wonder Woman”.
Why this matters: Colin Kaepernick was named the “Citizen of The Year” and has lead a movement that is still being felt today in the NFL. In protest of police brutality and inequality, he took a knee during the preseason last season and knelt the whole season during the National Anthem. Kaepernick hasn’t played a down in the NFL since last season and is currently suing the NFL and its owners for colluding to keep him out of the league for his stance.
Notable quotes: “Colin is a remarkable young man. The fact that he spoke out on police brutality against young black men—I thought it was absolutely admirable. I’m prepared to do anything it takes and whatever steps I can to support him” – Harry Belafonte, Artist, activist, legend
The Ultimate Warrior: Kevin Durant was named GQ’s “Champion of the Year” after easily leading the Warriors to the NBA Championship over the Cleveland Cavs. Leaving his former team was a gamble and was met with a lot of hate. The risk paid off for him. He was named the Finals MVP after he averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists, while hitting 59% percent of his shots from the field.
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