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.