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Beyoncé was a surprise presenter at this year’s Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year ceremonies in where she gave Colin Kaepernick the Muhammad Ali Legacy award. During Tuesday’s (Dec. 5) event at the Barclays Center in New York, Beyoncé and last year’s winner Kareem Abdul-Jabbar heaped praise upon the free agent quarterback. reports:

After he accepted Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he will continue combating racial injustice in America whether or not he returns to the NFL.

“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America,” Kaepernick said at SI’s Sportsperson of the Year ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today.

“With our without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”

The award was the latest in a round of recognition that Kaepernick has enjoyed of late. He was also given an award by the ACLU for his efforts and also was also acknowledged as GQ’s Citizen Of The Year recently as well.

A portion of Colin Kaepernick’s acceptance speech can be viewed below.

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