Colin Kaepernick has landed the cover of GQ magazine’s Men of the Year issue. GQ has published a feature story about the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and his emergence as a polarizing figure since his decision to protest during the national anthem.
Kaepernick is not quoted in the story, instead GQ spoke with those close to him: filmmaker Ava DuVernay, rapper J. Cole, activist Tamika Mallory, and others.
So why did Colin choose not speak to the magazine? According to GQ He has found that the best way to protest is to keep silent as his silence has served to amplify his protest against police brutality and the oppression of colored people in America.
“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.”
However, he did agree to be photographed in Harlem invoking images of Muhammad Ali from the 1960s when he trained in the streets of New York as local children surrounded him.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 13, 2017
Kaepernick tweeted Monday morning that he was “honored” to be recognized by GQ.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2017
Kaepernick has remained unsigned since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March. He filed a grievance last month that NFL owners colluded against him because of the protests.