While the media continues to drag him and folks debate over whether or not he’s patriotic, Colin Kaepernick is taking action.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has vowed to donate the first $1 million of his salary to charities that aid communities in need.
“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and to be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said. “And I have to help these people. I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in a position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed.”
During Thursday night’s game against the Chargers, Colin and his teammate, Eric Reed, took a knee during the National Anthem.
Colin explained, “As far as taking a knee tonight, Eric [Reid] — as well as myself — had a long conversation with Nate Boyer, who is a military vet, and we were talking to him about, ‘How can we get the message back on track? And not take away from the military..,but keep the focus on what the issues really are.'”
He continued, “As we talked about it, we came up with taking a knee, because there are issues that still need to be addressed. And it was also a way to try to show more respect to the men and women that fight for this country.”
Colin Kaepernick, on plans to donate $1 million to communities & how today’s kneel-protest emerged pic.twitter.com/NMsp2gqZM7
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 2, 2016
Colin is my hero…and his fro is life!