GQ's Citizen of the Year. Kaepernick or Watt?
KasiaPajazetovic | 01 Jan, 2018
The controversy continues as Colin Kaepernick's shoot reaches the cover of GQ.
We may recall, when Kaepernick began one of the biggest debates of the year, taking a knee during the National Anthem. He started a movement, while also making enemies. This issue, however, has escaladed as he landed the cover of a well known magazine titled "Citizen of the Year".
In 2013, Kaepernick was on the cover of GQ as one of the best football players in the world, but in 2017 it was for a completely different reason. This time, it was not because he was injured, or because he disobeyed regulations, but instead it was because he was 'blackballed'. In recent articles, it has been stated that playing for the NFL is a privilege rather than a right, but here, Kaepernick was neglected his right of the first amendment.
Essentially, Colin Kaepernick peacefully took a knee during the national anthem to protest oppression and police brutailty toward the black, and for this he was locked out of the NFL. His action, however, was viewed as disrespecting America instead of being an activist. Thus, most believe he does not deserve the cover or the title that GQ is giving him. JJ Watt, on the other hand, according to some, arguably deserves the spotlight, after what he has done in the past year. Watt started fundraisers in efforts to help Texas recover from Hurrican Harvey. However, before Harvey struck, Kaepernick donated $100,000 each month to communities where there is oppression.
Both of these players, show how they could be eligible for 'Citizen of the Year', but because Kaepernick's action satisfied only a certain group of individuals, it will continue to be controversial and unsatisfactory to the others.