Kaepernick Vs. Trump For Time Magazine's Person Of The Year Award

Sunday, October 7, 2018 2:09 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 2:09 PM UTC

Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick are the frontrunners to be named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2018.

<p>Fierce rivals President Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick will go head-to-head in a bid to be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2018. President Trump is the +225 favorite with <a href="https://www.888sport.com/#/home" rel="nofollow" title="Check Odds ">888 Sport </a>and <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4694&amp;book=Paddypower" rel="nofollow" title="Top-Rated Sportbook">Paddy Power</a> to win the award that he also seized in 2016. Barack Obama won it twice during his presidency and Trump will be keen to be recognized once again after unemployment dipped to a 49-year low in the United States. But standing in his way is former San Francisco 49ers QB Kaepernick, who has long proved to be a thorn in the POTUS’ side.</p><p>Kaepernick has been without a team since 2017, but he has had a remarkable and controversial year off the field of play. It all began two years ago when he took a knee during the National Anthem before a game to protest against the racial injustice he perceived in the U.S. Some lauded him for taking a stand, while others vilified him for disrespecting the flag and the military. He is currently locked in a legal dispute with the NFL, accusing its of colluding so as not to hire him.</p><p>He has already been awarded Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award this year, and he is the face of a high-profile Nike campaign that has once again ignited a firestorm of controversy and polarized opinion.</p><p>“I think it’s a terrible message that [Nike] are sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it,” said Trump, who has long railed against Kaepernick. “But I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it.” Last year he called Kaepernick “a son of a bitch” and said he should be fired.</p><p>Yet <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">Kaepernick is now just behind Trump at +250</a> in the betting to be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. If he were to usurp the POTUS and claim this high-profile award it would fan the flames further, provoking more debate and controversy, and the sportsbooks believe there is a very strong chance of it happening.</p><p>To add a further layer of intrigue, Kim Jong-Un also is in the running to be named Person of the Year at +650 with the likes of Betway and 888 Sport. Trump and the North Korean leader have had an extremely tetchy relationship over the past couple of years. The president called his counterpart a “little rocket man” and in January he threatened North Korea with nuclear war, saying on Twitter: “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger &amp; more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”</p><p>Yet their relationship has now thawed somewhat. Trump sent Un an Elton John Rocket Man CD and recently said he has fallen in love with the North Korean leader. Un has taken the first steps toward mending the country’s relationship with South Korea, and he was among the favorites to win the Nobel Peace Prize before it was given to African activists last week.</p><p>Vladirmir Putin is +800 to be named Person of the Year, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">which would be another controversial selection</a> given his relationship with Trump. James Comey is a +10000 long shot. Yet another intriguing option is Elon Musk at +400, despite erratic behavior that saw Tesla’s share price drop. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos became the world’s richest man for a short while this year, and he is +2200 with Paddy Power to take this award.</p>
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