"This is how far we've fallen", she continued. SI announced Kaepernick would be the recipient of the award last week. Check out a few of the responses below.
Since retreating from the limelight, Sports Illustrated made a decision to honour Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Colin took action with no fear of consequences or repercussions, only hope to change the world for the better'.
The award which was announced by Trevor Noah is given to an athlete who uses their platform to promote change. Kaepernick refused to stand during the "Star-Spangled Banner" as a way to protest the unequal treatment of black Americans and other people of color in the United States, especially in regards to police brutality.
Many larger protests followed, with President Trump saying other players who did the same should be fired.
The quarterback parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers this year, and was not signed to another team.
Kaepernick, who remains unsigned after parting ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March, filed a grievance against the National Football League in October, alleging that he remains unsigned due to collusion by owners for his protests. "His life is and has been a multitextured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness".
"[His] only hope [was] to change the world for the better".
The full award show will air on NBC Sports Network on Friday.