Beyoncé surprised free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated‘s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award — and online racists lost their minds.
The magazine recognized Kaepernick for his personal sacrifice after taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism, which has seemingly cost him a job in the NFL.
“Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better,” the singer said while presenting the award. “To change the way we treat each other — especially people of color. We’re still waiting for the world to catch up. It’s been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we’re protesting America.”
Kaepernick’s on-field protest has been taken up by other NFL players, which has drawn the ire or President Donald Trump and his supporters.
Police-hating Beyoncé presents police and America-hating Kappy with a “legacy” award. This is how far we’ve fallen. Wow. pic.twitter.com/KIe6IqEQey
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) December 6, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
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— Johnny Offseason (@JohnnyOffseason) December 6, 2017
I like to think that Ali just rolled over in his grave… #LameChioice
— Josh Reaume (@joshreaume) December 6, 2017
Hopefully, Jim Brown will return his 2016 awardADVERTISEMENT
— Mickey Donovan (@Mickey__Donovan) December 6, 2017
It's like a Dark Cloud envelops her. @Beyonce
— Judith McLeod (@judithmcleod_) December 6, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
If I call all police officers racist despite the fact the numbers prove otherwise, will you get Beyonce to give me a Muhammad Ali Legacy Award ?
Thanks in advance
— HeroAssange (@HeroAssange) December 6, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Combined net worth between Bey and Kap is like a billion dollars. Man, it’s hard for blacks and females in this country
— Evan Myers (@EvanMyers) December 6, 2017
I have boycotted the NFL this year, and have felt great about it. My life is so much better without Colin and Beyonce.
— Doug Sty (@DougSty401) December 6, 2017
Another reason to not support these ignorant humans… Beyonce presents Colin Kaepernick with SI's Muhammad Ali Award
— J (@SpaceMtnDude) December 6, 2017
One must note that Beyonce, while body slamming Law Enforcement Officers, is never above playacting as one for personal profit. And that is her shame. pic.twitter.com/hJZOMVwxwv
— Joseph Herbert (@Sfdi1947) December 6, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Nice, he invoked tones of his hero Fidel castro. Can also pick up notes of stalin and mao. Man kneels for anthem and ascends to Christ… So stupid SI.
— America First (@Factsabovefeels) December 6, 2017
"does S.I. stand for 'Soros Instigated' or 'Sports Illustrated'?" pic.twitter.com/ljLVGgnq4Z
— Roy Drones Jr ✈️ (@chiweethedog) December 6, 2017
Huge huge douchebag
— aj (@Aj102187) December 6, 2017
I hope she never needs to call the police. But as we know, they would come to the call because of who they are. But neither of them deserve it.
— Patty757 I'm w/him (@pearce_patty) December 6, 2017
So courageous? The man was raised by white parents in an affluent community. But don't let the facts get in the way of your feelings
— (@KingOfTheNorthE) December 6, 2017
Two fools on stage!! LMAO!! I’m so happy I haven’t picked up this garbage magazine in years! Such a disgrace to our great nation! I will always stand for the national anthem as respect those that have fought! #BoycottSanFrancisco #BoycottNFL
— Shaun Page (@beverageguru1) December 6, 2017