Laila Ali Says It's 'Wonderful' That Colin Kaepernick Got The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, But Isn't Calling Him The 'Modern-Day Ali'

Laila Ali, Colin Kaepernick

Laila Ali Says It's 'Wonderful' That Colin Kaepernick Got The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, But Isn't Calling Him The 'Modern-Day Ali'

"I think it's good he got the award, though."

Published December 8th

Like many, Laila Ali thought Colin Kaepernick being the recipient of Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award was well-deserved.

"Isn't that wonderful?" Laila told TMZ Sports when asked about the honor that the woke, free-agent quarterback received earlier in the week. "He has my 100 percent stamp of approval."

Just don't tell her anything about Kaepernick being the modern-day version of her father — a label many have put on the QB. 

Laila isn't willing to put that label on the 30-year-old, despite his 2016 NFL season kneeling as a protest against racism and the police brutality of unarmed Black men or the fact that Kaepernick is donating $1 million of his own money to the communities that need it most.

When TMZ asked if she agrees with people calling Kaepernick the "modern-day Muhammad Ali," Laila took a good look at the cameraman, paused, smirked and said, "I think it's good he got the award, though."

Take a look at the moment below.

 

What do you think about Laila praising Kaepernick as the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, but being unwilling to call him the modern-day version of her dad?

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Written by BET Staff

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