In September, JAY Z performed "Bam" with Damian Marley on Saturday Night Live wearing a custom Kaepernick jersey, and while he didn't make any vocal statements about the former 49er quarterback then, he used his tour stop to cement his loyalty and support to Kaep. One of the figures to pay tribute to Kaepernick's stand in the GQ story was singer and activist Harry Belafonte. "It has even provoked the ire and ill temper of Donald Trump".
McHenry later said she does, in fact, understand the underlying reason behind the protests, but believes players such as Malcolm Jenkins and Kenny Stills were more worthy choices. After playing out the remainder of the 2016 season with the 49ers, he has been unable to find another job despite being a proven quarterback in his prime with a trip to the Super Bowl on his resume.
Of course, JJ Watt himself has linked arms in solidarity with those protesting police brutality, and Kaepernick has done more than simply kneel in protest.
There are some who share GQ's opinion that Kaepernick would've been picked up had he not begun the protest.
"But what they're discounting is that people aren't watching the National Football League because of the way they are treating Colin Kaepernick".
It is unlikely Kaepernick will return to the NFL anytime soon: he has filed a grievance claiming team owners colluded to keep him out of the league.
Kaepernick has since been professionally iced from football, and the NFL is still feeling rippling effects of the protests. "You may not feel like a hero right now, but one day, people will realize the sacrifices that you made for so many others", Sarsour said. "Colin is a remarkable young man. He sacrificed his dream", Cole wrote.
Kaepernick says on Twitter he's "honored" by the recognition.