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    Colin Kaepernick honored at ACLU dinner as NFL attendance still in decline

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    Controversial ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick was in Beverly Hills on Sunday to accept the ACLU award for his advocacy, including starting the contentious trend of protesting during the national anthem — an act that continues to divide fans and drain stadiums.

    The 30-year-old former San Francisco 49ers star made a surprise appearance Sunday at the ACLU of Southern California’s annual Bill of Rights Dinner to accept the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    “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 attendees.

    The group’s executive director told a crowd that included Hollywood A-Listers Jane Fonda, Viola Davis and Judd Apatow that Kaepernick “took a stand knowing he would risk his job,” organizers told the LA Times.

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