Colin Kaepernick Pledges $1 Million To Charities As Part of Anthem Protest

Colin Kaepernick is putting his money where his mouth is with his national anthem protest. After the 49ers’ preseason finale against the Chargers on Thursday night, Kaepernick announced he plans to donate the first $1 million he earns this year to charities that help communities in need to further support the causes he believes in. Check out the details below…

“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.”

Kaepernick also explained why he decided to kneel during the national anthem instead of sitting down.

“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,” Kaepernick said. “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.’

“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.” – via cbssports

This guy Kaepernick has quickly become our favorite athlete. The fact that anyone has a problem with this man’s protest says a lot. Black people shouldn’t be allowed to protest peacefully or violently apparently.¬† S/O to him for being one of the brave few to take a stand. We hope he inspires other athletes to follow in his footsteps.

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