Ex-ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Slams GQ for Picking Colin Kaepernick as ‘Citizen of the Year’

Men’s magazine GQ, awarded former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and national anthem protest inventor Colin Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year” award on Monday. However, the choice did not sit well with former ESPN host Britt McHenry who had a much better candidate in mind for the honor than Kaepernick.

After the magazine announced that the man who originated the NFL’s now pervasive anti-American protests, is somehow to be celebrated as an ideal American citizen, McHenry jumped to her Twitter account to offer a better candidate.

“JJ Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims. 37 MILLION! But Kaepernick refused to stand for our national anthem (a year ago) and is Citizen of the Year. Right,” McHenry tweeted on Monday.

McHenry expounded on her point during an interview with Fox News.

“I see that magazine cover and I think if we want to go with a football player, Houston Texans’ JJ Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief. Why is he not the citizen of the year,” she told Fox host Neil Cavuto.

“There’s a huge disconnect with reality and the NFL right now, and they need to figure it out,” she said.

McHenry also reminded her Twitter followers that Kaepernick called our police “pigs” and other things.

“Wear socks depicting police officers as pigs; wear Fidel Castro as a fashion statement IN MIAMI; sue NFL for collusion when gf compares owners to slave owners… Win Citizen of the Year. Serve in the US military…nothing. What a joke, GQ,” she wrote.

McHenry next noted that some of the league’s other anthem protesters even are more worthy of “Citizen of the Year” than would Kaepernick.

“For those who think I don’t get the reason for protest you’re wrong,” she tweeted. “Eagles Malcolm Jenkins met with lawmakers to help community. Dolphins Kenny Stills met with Miami police. More examples of Citizen of the Year.”

Indeed, Colin Kaepernick said specifically that his protest was one meant to attack the United States, a country he said has “never been great.”

This is what Kaepernick said about his protests in August of 2016:

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder…

There you have it. In his own words, Kaepernick told us he could not stand up for our flag or our country. Yet GQ thinks he is an ideal American.

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