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Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick made a rare public appearance on Sunday, when he was honored by the ACLU of Southern California.
The organization invited Kaepernick to its annual Bill of Rights awards gala where he and other stars such as Gina Rodriguez, Jane Fonda and Judd Apatow were honored for their work this year. The NFL star, who gained a lot of attention for his decision to kneel during the national anthem at games, was awarded the Eason Monroe Courageous Courage Award, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The crowd was reportedly stunned to see Kaepernick as he was not advertised as being at the event. ACLU Southern California’s executive director, Hector Villagra, said that was because of the numerous threats that Kaepernick has received.
Kaepernick, whose arrival was met with thunderous applause from those in attendance, took the stage for a brief speech.