Lost in all the drama and intrigue surrounding the Colin Kaepernick-led national anthem protests this past regular season was the fact that the quarterback himself remains a key community figure.
Someone that has always made sure to donate his time and good fortune to those less needy, Kaepernick has never strayed away from the altruistic model he was raised under.
This has never been more apparent than what we saw from the enigmatic signal caller the day after his San Francisco 49ers finished a disastrous 2-14 season.
As mentioned in the Know Your Rights Camp’s Instagram account, Kaepernick spent Monday donating what the charity called “vans and car loads” full of goods.
This is what gets lost in the entire Kaepernick drama.
People will focus on him not voting in November’s presidential election. And in reality, that’s a justifiable criticism considering just how outspoken Kaepernick himself has been against what’s happening in the United States today.
The quarterback has, however, always made it a goal of his to help those less fortunate. When his protest became a rallying cry for supporters and detractors alike, Kaepernick donated seven figures to the cause.
He continues to work with the Camp Taylor foundation, which helps support children with heart diseases. Heck, here’s a guy that’s donated millions in cold hard cash to organizations that are tasked with helping those less fortunate. Again, this isn’t what some focus on. Instead, it’s all about the divisive nature of what his protest brings to the table.
If we as the media are going to focus on perceived negatives when it comes to a well-known figure, it’s our duty to also point out when said individual helps those in need. For most of his adult life, that’s what has defined Kaepernick more than his stance against injustices in the United States.
This is the latest example.