Many readers spoke out against any indication that someone who would not show respect to our flag and country could be named “Sportsperson of the Year”. With the loss of subscriptions hanging over the magazine’s head, it seems like Sports Illustrated has listened.
So thankfully, no Colin Kaepernick will not receive the award.
Sports Illustrated will instead honor two athletes who seem to understand that their job has nothing to do with their beliefs in any way. Congratulations to Baseball player Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and NFL player T.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
Sports Illustrated seemed to have made a better decision about their magazine than G.Q.
G.Q. chose to honor the unemployed athlete with their “Citizen of the Year” award. This comes even through an NFL boycott that has the franchise losing their live and viewer audience at a rapid rate.
Thankfully Sports Illustrated chose instead to honor someone who used his personal life for something more productive. Both recipients of the award devoted their personal time to helping people who were effected by Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Texan’s Watt raised over $37 million for the victims.
Unfortunately the magazine could not let it be at that. They still gave Kaepernick their “Muhammad Ali Legacy” award last week. Besides almost single handily killing the NFL, his list of accomplishments that would put him in running for the award seem to be quite empty.