Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced his latest round of $100,000 in donations on Thursday. That brings the total donations to $700,000. He announced last fall that he would donate $1 million over the course of ten months to a variety of charities, and the work continues.
Kaepernick posted a video discussing the latest charities, and you can read more here. He donated $25,000 each to four different groups. He donated to Assata’s Daughters, which focuses on black female empowerment. He donated to Home 2 Heart, which provides beds and furniture to single mothers and their children. He donated to Grassroots Leadership, which goes specifically to Texas Advocates for Justice. Finally, he donated to American Friends Service Committee Arizona, which is a group fighting privatization of prisons in Arizona.
Last week, New York Giants owner Jim Mara was the first NFL owner to offer on the record honesty about the issue in an interview with MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas. He said the team never considered signing him, which given Eli’s spot and their offense is not entirely surprising. However, Mara said, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue ... If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”
Apparently people are more concerned about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee than the Giants kicker beating his wife. There are plenty of owners that deserve some blame in all this, but there are also plenty of fans who do not get to skate by. When Kaepernick’s actions draw more vitriol than someone who commits domestic violence, or apparently anybody who commits a crime, that says something about people. There is room for people to debate the issues Kaepernick is discussing, but if you’re prepared to let particularly disgusting crimes slide over that, the conversation has officially gone off the rails.
In the meantime, regardless of whether Kaepernick signs or doesn’t sign, he continues to do important work for the community.