Colin Kaepernick Scheduled to Appear at ESPYS; Possible Arthur Ashe Courage Award Winner?
ESPN is airing the 2017 ESPY’s next Wednesday, July 12. Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is set to host, but it’s another QB whose appearance could garner the most interest.
Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is listed as one of the athletes who will be in attendance. Here’s the complete list:
Russell Westbrook, Bryan Cranston, Simone Biles, Samuel L. Jackson, Shaun White, Kevin Durant, Snoop Dogg Among This Year’s Expected Attendees
On July 12, the world’s best athletes and biggest stars will join host Peyton Manning for The 25th ESPYS presented by Capital One on ABC. The star-studded evening celebrates the best moments from the year in sports and will be televised live from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
This year’s scheduled presenters include (in alphabetical order): Chris Berman (ESPN), Dove Cameron (Descendants 2), Bryan Cranston, Eddie George (Heisman Trophy Winner), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River), Danica Patrick (Stock Car Racing Driver), Issa Rae (Insecure), Jeremy Renner (Wind River), among others.
In addition, top athletes and celebrities scheduled to attend include: Odell Beckham Jr., Martellus Bennett, Simone Biles, Stephen Curry, Oscar De La Hoya, Snoop Dogg, Gabby Douglas, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Julian Edelman, Julius Erving, Prince Fielder, Devonta Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Derek Hough, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Colin Kaepernick, Gus Kenworthy, Chloe Kim, Brandon Marshall, Von Miller, Danica Patrick, Michael Phelps, Jeremy Piven, Dak Prescott, Robin Roberts, Richard Sherman, Lindsey Vonn, Russell Westbrook and Shaun White, among others.
Grammy-nominated R&B singer Gallant will perform during the show.
As you can see, Kaepernick is not a presenter as I’m sure they don’t want to take a chance on him going AWOL and use the moment to get out his message—like he did all of last year with his kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.
As far as the Arthur Ashe Courage Award goes, it will be awarded posthumously to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who created the Special Olympics. So that’s out of the question.