Viewers were shocked last night, December 6th, when Beyoncé presented Colin Kaepernick with the Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. While Kaepernick knew he would be receiving the award, he had no idea Queen Bey would be the one to present it to him. (Talk about honor on top of honor.)
While on stage, the Lemonade singer said she was “proud and humbled” to be presenting the award that’s given to “former athletes and sports figures who embody the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy as vehicles for changing the world.”
“Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better.To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.”
In his acceptance speech, Kaepernick said he plans to continue to speak up for equality “with or without the platform” of the NFL.
Twitter was all smiles watching Beyoncé and Colin on stage together.
Love seeing black royalty lift one another up. Trevor Noah brought out Beyoncé to give Kaepernick the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. pic.twitter.com/ZgmnurFcbU— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) December 6, 2017
I can’t love this enough.— Julie Reiner (@jRocks_On) December 6, 2017
The picture of Beyoncé & Colin Kaepernick together just saved 2017 pic.twitter.com/GrclvXPfNn— m (@fairytale_bliss) December 6, 2017
Beyonce presented Kaep with a Muhammad Ali award...y’all this runs deep for me— Lauren Trill (@Twiitter_Name) December 6, 2017
Kaep has created an international protesting phenomenon— Torrelle (@2Relle_Two5) December 6, 2017
Has won national level awards from Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated
And had an award presented to him by BEYONCE
Say what you want, man's is winning. This NFL season hasn't been that good anyway. https://t.co/8wmkDCiUPw
Beyoncé now has one up on her husband, Jay-Z, who said in an interview last week with the New York Times that he hadn’t yet met Kaepernick, though he’s been supporting him from afar. Jay-Z even dedicates one of his songs, “The Story of O.J.” to Kaepernick at his concerts and wore a jersey with the former quarterback’s number on it when he appeared on Saturday Night Live earlier this year.
Congrats, Colin! You deserve it.