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14 November 2017, 12:51 | Pamela Mathis
An independent arbitrator will hear Colin Kaepernick’s case. GETTY IMAGES
Colin Kaepernick hasn't played a single game this National Football League season, but the quarterback earned a highly coveted accolade away from the field as one of GQ's people of the year, the magazine announced Monday.
Back in August, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown let it be known he wasn't a fan of Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the U.S. National Anthem.
Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to American sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.
Kaepernick is named the magazine's Citizen of the Year.
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"When we began discussing this GQ cover with Colin earlier this fall, he told us the reason he wanted to participate is that he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself", the article reads.
The accompanying piece from GQ is titled, "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced". Apart from his perfectly poised coils, Kaepernick also wears a simple black leather jacket and turtle neck that serve as a powerful backdrop for the GQ logo highlighted in unifying colors of red, white and blue.
Kaepernick was the first pro-athlete to take a knee during the national anthem at NFL games previous year in protest over police brutality, and racial and social injustice.
The interview runs in the December 2017 issue of GQ. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honoured' by the recognition".
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