“GQ” revealed its annual ‘Men of the Year‘ winners yesterday . . . and for the ‘Citizen of the Year’ they definitely didn’t go with the SAFE CHOICE.
They chose COLIN KAEPERNICK, who’s probably THE MOST controversial person they could have chosen . . . if not second toPRESIDENT TRUMP.
Colin didn’t give an interview to “GQ”, but he did pose for photos, and he’s also featured on one of the covers. The others went toGal Gadot, ‘The Wonder Woman of the Year’ . . . Stephen Colbert, ‘The Bad Hombre of the Year’ . . . and Kevin Durant, ‘The Champion of the Year.’
(They didn’t name a ‘Sexual Harasser of the Year,’ but not for a lack of candidates.)
As for Colin, his supporters will appreciate that “GQ” is shining more light on his efforts to end police brutality and improve racial equality. And the detractors will argue that “GQ” is using this as a shameless ploy to sell magazines.
Frankly, everyone on BOTH SIDES has probably already decided how they feel about this before they even read the article . . . but if you’re curious, here are a few ways the magazine defends their position.
They claim he’s up there with Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson as athletes who risked their careers to make a difference, and try to bring about change.
They believe there’s no question that he IS being “blackballed” by the NFL. The article says, quote, “Approximately 90 men are currently employed as quarterbacks in the NFL, as either starters or reserves, and Colin Kaepernick is better . . . indisputably, undeniably, flat-out better . . . than at least 70 of them.”
And it also says, quote, “The irony now is that the NFL is trying to make him voiceless because he made himself a voice for the voiceless.”
Clearly, “GQ” is intentionally doing this as a way to continue the conversation . . . because even though they don’t have any quotes from Colin, they have comments from a lot of his supporters.
They also chose him over people who have done more tangible heroic things . . . either overseas or here at home. And another athlete like J.J. Watt, who didn’t do anything to risk his career, but he did raise $37 million for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.