GLENN: GQ has named their ‘Citizen of The Year’, and his name… is Colin Kaepernick. You know, it kinda makes you wonder what exactly their selection criteria is. I’m having a hard time seeing this one, so let’s take a quick run down memory lane. Back in 2013 Kaepernick was one of the best players in football. A true ‘Citizen of The Year’ would have begun his activism when he was on top, but Colin was mysteriously quiet during this time. Oh he was posing naked in ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’, but activism? He didn’t have time for that. He had a brand to build.
Kaepernick’s meteoric NFL rise was rivaled only with his fall. As his play declined and the magazine covers dried up, suddenly he appeared VERY interested in speaking out. Colin didn’t have to move far to begin taking a knee, his position on the bench made it a quick trip. But GQ apparently doesn’t find this suspicious. They elevated him to the level of Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson, forget the fact that he was NEVER interested in speaking out until it became convenient for him to do so. And when it stopped being convenient - and as his prospects in the NFL ran out - he went silent for an entire year to try and get his job back.
So let’s recap Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ campaign: the winner of GQ’s award went to a man that began a misguided cause for selfish reasons, and who abandoned that misguided cause - again - for selfish reasons. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned that he glorifies Che Guevara - a mass murderer - and that he admitted that he doesn’t even vote. This qualifies as ‘Citizen of The Year?’
How many people can you think of, JUST OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD, that are more deserving? How about J.J. Watt? He raised over 37 million million dollars to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 37 MILLION… completely on his own, with NO outside help, and NO selfish reasons. What about Stephen Willeford? Willeford is the definition of a private citizen exercising his rights - the 2nd Amendment - and, in the process, stopped a mass murderer. What about the police that took down the NYC truck terrorist, the Green Beret’s that died fighting terrorists in Niger, or Collette Sulcer, who sacrificed her own life to save her infant daughter from Hurricane Harvey flood waters.
All of my examples were of heroes committing uncommon acts of selflessness. Can GQ say the same for Colin Kaepernick?