(National Sentinel) Sports Activism: GQ Magazine‘s naming of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the player responsible for starting the wave of protests against police, the flag and the National Anthem, as “Citizen of the Year” has stirred a lot of emotions among Americans, including Fox News columnist and author Todd Starnes.

In a column posted online Monday, Starnes suggested that a it would be more appropriate for Kaepernick to be named “Coward of the Year.”

Starnes wrote that “most of the country” believes that Kaepernick “and his minions” were not really protesting perceive racial injustice and police brutality against minorities, but rather “were dishonoring the flag, the anthem and the military.”


On that assumption, Starnes said that “GQ seems to think that disrespecting our military and spitting on our flag is a symbol of heroism and manliness.”

“hat’s not citizenship – that’s cowardice,” Starnes wrote.

Kaepernick’s award came as part of GQ‘s “Men of the Year” edition – subtitled, “The New American Heroes.”

But, Starnes wrote, there were a number of other men this year who were better qualified to be “heroes” than “the failed professional football player.”

He mentioned Marine veteran Taylor Weston, who commandeered a pickup truck to rush those wounded by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock to hospitals. “He did not make the list,” Starnes said.

Nor did “Stephen Willeford, the Texas plumber who grabbed a gun and ran barefoot towards the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs,” he continued.

Willeford’s actions are credited with preventing even more churchgoers from being killed.

Along the lines of the NFL, others are mentioning actions by players like Houston Texans star defensive lineman J. J. Watts, who raised roughly $30 million for Hurricane Harvey relief.

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GQ’s definition of what it means to be a good citizen and a good man and a hero is a bit puzzling,” Starnes wrote.

“They seem to believe the epitome of manhood is taking a knee. But I say the true measure of a man is taking a stand.”

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