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.… https://t.co/FJruj5VIv5— Tomi Lahren (@Tomi Lahren) 1512544115.0
@SInow @Beyonce @Kaepernick7 Hopefully, Jim Brown will return his 2016 award— Mickey Donovan (@Mickey Donovan) 1512558769.0
If I call all police officers racist despite the fact the numbers prove otherwise, will you get Beyonce to give me… https://t.co/cPp5P8gCU6— HeroAssange (@HeroAssange) 1512564076.0
@ProvocativeBill 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 (@Doug Sty) 1512565202.0
Another reason to not support these ignorant humans... Beyonce presents Colin Kaepernick with SI's Muhammad Ali Awa… https://t.co/Onylw4MJ7H— J (@J) 1512565193.0
@TomiLahren One must note that Beyonce, while body slamming Law Enforcement Officers, is never above playacting as… https://t.co/I5W4cdpTyR— Joseph Herbert (@Joseph Herbert) 1512565160.0
@bigreypony @yourrightscamp @nessaonair @Trevornoah @Beyonce @Kaepernick7 So courageous? The man was raised by whit… https://t.co/S4EfO8oOWb— Social Media Creates a False Sense of Reality (@Social Media Creates a False Sense of Reality) 1512564867.0
@SInow @Beyonce @Kaepernick7 Two fools on stage!! LMAO!! I’m so happy I haven’t picked up this garbage magazine in… https://t.co/CXlfNVIwIy— Shaun Page (@Shaun Page) 1512562926.0