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Colin Kaepernick tours Harlem as he is named GQ citizen of the year

  • Quarterback has been out of the NFL following anthem protest
  • Former player’s story told to magazine by those closest to him
  • Kaepernick photographed in Harlem in nod to Muhammad Ali

Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ’s citizen of the year after a period in which his protest against racial and social injustice in the US has seen the former NFL quarterback become one of the most divisive figures in America.

Kaepernick’s story in the GQ profile is told by those close to him, including his former team-mate Eric Reid, his partner Nessa Diab, film-maker Ava DuVernay and academic and Guardian columnist Ameer Hasan Loggins. The article says that Kaepernick, whose stance has been attacked by Donald Trump, is not quoted directly in the story as he believes in “the power of silence”.

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