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ESPN’s Britt McHenry calls Colin Kaepernick’s GQ award a ‘joke’; Twitter howls

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Former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry summarily dismissed Colin Kaepernick winning GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” as a “a joke.”  

The fired ESPN reporter bashed GQ and Kaepernick on Twitter Monday shortly after the magazine announced it would be honoring the cultural lightning rod of a quarterback.

“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. #Kaepernick,” McHenry wrote on Twitter.

McHenry has accrued a lot of right-wing “cool points” for criticizing Kaepernick the past year for initiating the national anthem protest movement.

McHenry, now a frequent guest on Fox News where she often spews anti-Black diatribes, was one of 100 ESPN employees let go by the network in late April. She still believes her conservative views had something to do with her termination. 

GQ decided to honor Kaepernick due to his activism, both on-and-off the field.

“Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson – athletes who risked everything to make a difference,” the editors of GQ wrote. McHenry later said she does, in fact, understand the underlying reason behind the protests, but believes players such as Malcolm Jenkins and Kenny Stills were more worthy choices.

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

McHenry also praised JJ Watt for raising more than $37M for Hurricane Harvey relief.

“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 wrote.

While McHenry praised Jenkins, Stills and Watt for their contributions off the field, she failed to acknowledge Kaepernick’s.

Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, has donated his time and money to the community and has volunteered across the country. Kaepernick has also donated $1M plus all the proceeds of his jersey sales from the 2016 season to “organizations working in oppressed communities.”

Kaepernick founded the Know Your Rights Camp, a youth campaign which strives to raise awareness regarding higher education, self-empowerment and how to properly interact with law enforcement.

McHenry detractors, and there are many, blasted the reporter for her narrow-mindedness, sanctimonious self-righteousness and believing that Kaepernick and others do not have the right to exercise their 1st Amendment rights in the manner they have.

Here is a sampling of the McHenry blasting: 


  1. nosey rosy on November 14, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    another megan kelly , engineered by the white man , born under the white priveledge rainbow , one who thinks her race is about to be deminished , by mixed black men , who momas are white .. her and her lilly white massa daughter mind is so polluted with the filt of white kkk attitudes . she cant even see how ignorant dumb and unfounded anything she says sounds . i feel sorry for her she is generation x , most of them are learning to embrace blacks and the other never even seen a black til kindergarden eneded . from 1st grade thru 8th they were at a white school ,where a black kid looked more like a peice of furnitiure then a human , , like the women on the REAL , SHOW said only 78 percent whites dont have no black friends ,,, true … an this behavior she has is key to haow they act when they have no relationship to blacks they have fear , and astrangment from blacks , and when they see a black achieve it makes them angry cause they dont see them as human worthy of honor , and they feel angry when blacks fight back against racaim , colin is white mixed so he understands what is happening …

    • David Siedole on November 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      You are nothing more but a ignorant Black person who makes other decent Blacks look bad. Then it’s people like you have no idea why this “Race Issue” is still alive & well here in 2017. It does not take a complete IDIOT to know that Colin Kaepernick should have NEVER received that award.

    • David Siedole on November 15, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Oh by the way….Black people decide how to live their lives..not White people. It is their own fault why they are in most terrible situations that they are.