Beyonce Hey, Kaepernick Haters ... It's About Racism, Not the Flag!!!

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The superstar was on hand to present Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for his activism against police brutality, an honor that has been bestowed on icons such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson in the past.

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. To change perception. To change the way we treat each other, especially people of color who are still waiting for the world to catch up.

Beyonce surprised the crowd at the 2017 "SI" Sportspersons of the Year Awards on December 5, and she looked absolutely awesome in a short and sexy black dress!

Beyonce, who came out as a surprise presenter, thanked the former football player for his "personal sacrifice", before announcing the award: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so proud and humbled, to present the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick", she said.

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The former 49ers quarterback spearheaded the longstanding "take a knee" protests during American football games this summer, in which a number of players dropped to one knee during the U.S. national anthem, in protest of systemic racism and violence against minorities. So let's be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selfless serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is exclusively focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people.

"With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people", Kaepernick said after accepting the award. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. In October, he filed a grievance against the NFL which alleges that he has not signed with a team due to collusion by the league's owners. "With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people".

The full speech will be aired on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

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