Beyoncé surprises Colin Kaepernick with Legacy award

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Beyonce in a very tight mini dress presented Colin Kaepernick with the prestigious Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at the Sports Illustrated 2017 Sportspersons of the Year Awards.

President Donald Trump has bashed the athlete on numerous occasion for his actions.

"Colin took action with no fear of outcome or repercussion", Beyonce said. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other.

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He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali's legacy for fighting social injustice, saying the boxing great "mentored me without ever meeting me".

"I accept this award knowing that the legacy of Muhammad Ali is that of a champion of the people and one who was affectionately known as the people's champ", Kaepernick said in his speech. So, let's be very clear. "It's been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we're protesting America".

"I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people", he said. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested.

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As she thanked Kaepernick on stage, Beyonce said: "Colin took action with no fear of outcome or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better; to change perception; to change the way we treat each other, especially people of colour". He filed a grievance against the National Football League in October alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests.

Many have criticized Kaepernick and others for their actions during the anthem, seeing it as a sign of disrespect toward members of the military and the larger American community. Beyoncé said that Kaepernick's message was not to protest those who serve selflessly to defend the nation, but to draw attention to the work that still needs to be done in terms of race relations.

J.J. Watt and Jose Altuve were also honored at the event as joint recipients of Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year award for their efforts on the field and in aiding Houston's recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

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Kaepernick skipped the red carpet prior to the show and was not available for questions.

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