'Citizen of the Year' or 'Coward of the Year'? - Page 2

'GQ' honors Colin Kaepernick, but critics think the choice is off base
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2017 12:05 PM CST

  • Snippets: One of those who speaks for Kaepernick in the GQ profile is filmmaker Ava DuVernay. "I see what he's done as art," she says, recalling having dinner with Kaepernick and his partner, Nessa, the night Trump publicly called out the QB at a rally. "He's sitting there and I'm sitting there and I'm like, 'Look at this brother—he's doing better than any of us would've done.' A lot better. With a lot more elegance." Nessa (a syndicated radio host), Harry Belafonte, and rapper J. Cole are among the others to weigh in here.
  • Opposing view: Kaepernick should have been named "Coward of the Year," writes Todd Starnes at Fox News: "Apparently, GQ seems to think that disrespecting our military and spitting on our flag is a symbol of heroism and manliness." (Part of Kaepernick's rationale for collaborating with the GQ editors was to "reclaim the narrative" of his protest, defined by the magazine as calling attention to "systemic oppression and, more specifically, as he said repeatedly at the time, police brutality toward black people.") Twitchy rounds up tweets from others critical of the choice.
  • Brady not going there: Tom Brady happened to appear Monday morning on radio station WEEI, where he was asked straight up whether NFL owners were colluding to keep Kaepernick out of the league. He didn't take the bait. "You know, I don't ... I have no idea if he's being blackballed," he said, per TMZ. "I competed against him. I thought he was a damn good quarterback." (Kaepernick is suing the league over the issue.)
  • Other honorees: The magazine also honored Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot as "Wonder Woman of the Year," the NBA's Kevin Durant as "Champion of the Year," and Stephen Colbert as "Bad Hombre of the Year." Details here.

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