Beyonce made a surprise appearance at the Sports Illustrated Awards to present Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, who promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.”
Brought out by presenter Trevor Noah (host of The Daily Show), Beyonce said she was “proud and humbled” to present the award to Kaepernick, who she said ” took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better.”
Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the national anthem while quarterback the San Fransisco 49ers in 2016, sparked a wave of protests by NFL players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump.
He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali’s legacy of fighting social injustice, saying the boxing great “mentored me without ever meeting me.”
“The footprints he leaves are large,” Kaepernick said, “and his life is and has been a multitextured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I’m taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.”
The show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.