Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick was recently selected by Sports Illustrated as the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award winner. This, of course, sparked controversy as Kaepernick has arguably become more known for his political stunts than his performance on the field.
Sports Illustrated Executive Editor Steve Cannella stated:
"The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is given to those who make the world a better place. The fact Colin hasn't played this year or been on the field doesn't disqualify him. That fact that he hasn't played in a game actually shows what he has sacrificed for standing up for what he believes. There will never be another Muhammad Ali, but you can see the echoes of (Ali) in what Colin has done over the last 12 to 15 months. [...]
We expect reaction with everything we do, that's just the modern political landscape we are in. I don't know if there will be a backlash, but we do expect a reaction. Do I expect some to disagree with the decision? Sure."
Well now, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is firing back at the free agent quarterback and Sports Illustrated for the decision, saying:
New name for old magazine- @SInow will become “Sports ELIMINATED.” Kaepernick gets Ali award. Heck, I've played in as many NFL games this year as he has, but then he's done a lot to destroy @NFL so makes sense. https://t.co/54aaeJGSr9
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 1, 2017