New Yorker Cover Features Kaepernick Kneeling Beside MLK

"What would King be doing if he were around today?”

Former professional QB Colin Kaepernick — the only player in NFL history famous for taking a knee — has had the honor of having his name mentioned in the same league as such civil rights heavyweights as Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali. Now he's being compared to the head honcho: Martin Luther King Jr.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the January 15 cover issue of The New Yorker magazine:

The cartoon presented above indeed shows the infamous QB, who wore pig-cop socks to football practice and a Fidel Castro T-shirt to a press conference, kneeling in unison with defensive lineman Michael Bennett alongside revered American icon Martin Luther King Jr.

Artist Mark Ulriksen wrote about what inspired him to create the cover for The New Yorker: “I asked myself, What would King be doing if he were around today?”

In response to those who are upset at Kaepernick for using paid time to promote a political agenda, Ulriksen said, “This is 49er country, and my mom and I have been going back and forth — she’s upset that players have brought politics into sports, but I say, ‘How would you feel if you had to show up at work every day and salute a country that treats black people like second-class citizens?'"

"I’m glad that Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett are making it political,” he said. “I’m sure that if King were around today, he’d be disappointed at the slow pace of progress: two steps forward, 20 steps back. Or 10 yards back, as the metaphor may be.”

New rule: no speaking for what dead people would think about a certain political position.

The accolades have been flowing into the arms of Kaepernick non-stop since the end of last year. He now holds the titles for GQ's "Person of the Year" and Sport's Illustrated's "Muhammad Ali Legacy Award."


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