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Beyoncé praises Colin Kaepernick while presenting him with Sports Illustrated's Muhammed Ali Legacy Award

By: PETER SBLENDORIO, New York Daily News
December 6, 2017 Updated: December 6, 2017 at 12:12 am
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, left, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before the team's NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce on Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, and promised that "with or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people." Beyonce thanked Kaepernick for his "personal sacrifice," and 2016 Ali Award winner Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called Kaepernick a "worthy recipient" during a video tribute.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Colin Kaepernick has a major supporter in Beyoncé.

The superstar singer stunned the audience at the Barclays Center on Tuesday when she made a surprise appearance to present Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammed Ali Legacy Award, which he received after beginning the social justice protest that has swept the NFL the past two seasons.

"His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let's not get that mistaken," Beyoncé said of Kaepernick. "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so proud and humbled to present the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick."

Kaepernick then emerged onstage to a rousing ovation, and began a stirring speech in which he opened up about his motivation for taking a knee during the national anthem before games in an effort to bring forth systemic change regarding the treatment of people of color in America.

Read more at nydailynews.com.

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