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Wednesday’s Mashup: Colin Kaepernick accepts Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce

Lucy Burdge
December 06, 2017 - 7:42 am

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NBA: Dallas at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSB)
NBA: Golden State at Charlotte, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Minnesota at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


-- Colin Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night during the Sportsperson of the Year award show.

To the crowd’s surprise, Beyonce took the stage and presented Kaepernick with the award and said she was “proud and humbled” to do so.

"Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion," Beyonce said. "Only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other. Especially people of color."

"I am using my platform to protest systematic oppression, racial injustice, and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America," Kaepernick said in his speech accepting the award. "America is not living up to what America professes to be … I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people."

Kaepernick did not walk on the red carpet before the show and did not take any questions. The broadcast of the show will air on Friday.

-- Brent Musburger took to Twitter on Tuesday to defend the presence of violence and sex in football.

“Yo,Snowflakes. Quit preaching. The Violent World of Sam Huff sold NFL football to the masses. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders gave us a little sex with our violence. Deal with it!,” Musburger tweeted.

Rob Gronkowski was suspended for one game after a dirty hit on Tre’Davious White during Sunday’s game and Juju Smith-Schuster and George Iloka were each  suspended for a game after two separate hits on Monday night.

All three players appealed the suspensions. The punishments for Gronkowski and Smith-Schuster were upheld and the decision on Iloka’s appeal is expected to come down on Wednesday.

There was also a scary scene on Monday night when Steelers LB Ryan Shazier was rushed from the field to the hospital with a spine injury.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I'm just interested in the Dolphins right now. That's where my focus is at and that's where it's going to stay.” -- Josh McDaniels, when asked if he is interested in the Giants head coaching job





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