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Monday’s Mashup: Colin Kaepernick honored at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner

Lucy Burdge
December 04, 2017 - 7:56 am

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-- Colin Kaepernick was honored at the ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner in Beverly Hills Sunday night for his work bringing attention to social justice causes.

The unemployed quarterback made an unexpected appearance at the banquet to accept the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award. He received a standing ovation when he took the stage.

"We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised," Kaepernick told the crowd, which included honorees Jane Fonda, Viola Davis and Judd Apatow.

The group’s executive director, Hector Villagra, praised Kaepernick, saying he "took a stand knowing he would risk his job."

"He has lost his job, one that he loved and was supremely talented and skilled at," Villagra said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "He took a stand knowing that some would criticize him, and he has been viciously and unfairly criticized. He has been called a traitor because too many people in this country confuse dissent for disloyalty."

Kaepernick has been a free agent since March when he opted out of his contract with the 49ers. His controversial kneeling protests during the pregame national anthem sparked league-wide protests for social justice causes.

-- It was a strange fourth quarter for Marcus Peters during the Chiefs-Jets game on Sunday when he threw a flag into the stands and walked off the field.

It began when Peters got angry with a referee for a holding call on fellow Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson. Peters picked up the ref’s penalty flag and threw it into the stands. The ref didn’t have another flag to signal that penalty so he threw his hat. Peters was not ejected from the game, but left the field on his own.

Commentators Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts noted how unprecedented this action was.

“I have never before seen that in my life. Have you?” Fouts said, to which Eagle responded, “No. I’ve seen him kick a ball into the stands.”

Peters later returned to the field without socks.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I hope not. I certainly hope not. Yeah, I hope not." -- Tom Brady, with K&C, on whether or not he thinks Rob Gronkowski will be suspended for his hit on Tre’Davious White

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