The mother-of-three super star singer was brought out as a surprise presenter by Daily Show host and comedian Trevor Noah. ” i am proud and humbled to present the award to Kaepernick for his courage” she said, to open what she called an important conversation about race in the country.
‘Thank you for your selfless heart. And your conviction, Thank you for your personal sacrifice”
The athlete took the stage to a rousing ovation and said: ‘I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people.
‘Because if it was not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support of the people, I would not be on this stage today.
‘With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people.’
Last year’s Ali Award winner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, called Kaepernick a ‘worthy recipient’ during a video tribute.