Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, whom is still unemployed by the NFL due to his national anthem protest, has been named GQ’s first citizen of the year.
The 30-year-old failure of a professional athlete did not give an ‘on-record’ interview, but did pose for the photographs. He provided GQ with ‘confidantes’ to offer ‘rare insights into Colin Kaepernick himself.’
Sounds like the athlete is doing what he can to insure there still might be a possibility to be employed by the NFL, but its doubtful he will get another opportunity — especially with a magazine cover like this, where he looks like a Black Panther militant.
GQ editors reveal:
When we began discussing this GQ cover with Colin earlier this fall, he told us the reason he wanted to participate is that he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself. But Colin also made it clear to us that he intended to remain silent. As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence. It has helped his story go around the world. It has even provoked the ire and ill temper of Donald Trump. Why talk now, when your detractors will only twist your words and use them against you? Why speak now, when silence has done so much?
At the same time, Colin is all too aware that silence creates a vacuum, and that if it doesn’t get filled somehow, someone else will fill it for him. In our many conversations with Colin about this project, we discussed the history of athletes and civil rights, and the indelible moments it called to mind, and we decided that we’d use photography—the power of imagery and iconography—to do the talking.