Colin Kaepernick Continues To Help Out Communities By Handing Out Suits Outside NY Parole Offices
Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and current free agent, may not yet be sure where he’s headed next season, but he’s nevertheless making his free time count.Over the weekend, the football player was spotted in New York City standing outside a parole office, handing out two boxes of his own custom-made suits to those who could use them for upcoming job interviews.
Kap’s good deed is in partnership with 100 Suits, an organization that aims to provide suits and workwear to men and woman preparing for job interviews, as well as tailoring and grooming services. – WMUR
The ballad of Colin Kaepernick is an interesting one. He came on the scene like a bolt of lightning and brought the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl under coach Jim Harbaugh. Once Harbaugh was ousted, Kaepernick was out of the spotlight as quickly as he entered it, and that’s when things started getting testy. He notoriously kneeled during the national anthem during last year’s games as a protest towards the treatment of African Americans and minorities in the US. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, that is the first and sometimes only thing people will bring up when discussing Kaepernick. “He kneeled during the anthem and he was wrong!”. That’s the consensus among a lot of people, and they don’t take into account that this was something Kaep thought long and hard about for a long time, and discussedwith his family and friends before finally deciding to take a stand. For someone with very little to gain besides hate and contempt to do something like he did seemed honorable to me, and while I may not agree with the action of kneeling during the national anthem, I respected his right to do it.
With the kneeling controversy dying down and Kaepernick himself saying he will stand for the national anthem this year (if he finds a team), it seems like the media doesn’t have much use for Kaep anymore. That’s a shame, because all he’s done over the past year is donate close to a million dollars to charities and social causes, including Meals on Wheels, Life After Hate Inc., Silence is Violence and the above mentioned 100 Suits. This is also all being done while Kaepernick is out of a job, as NFL teams don’t want the stigma of signing someone with a negative image in the media (unless they beat their wives or girlfriends or stockpile assault weapons). Again, the Kaepernick story is unfortunate but not surprising, as a person can only stand up for what they believe in if it’s convenient for everyone else too. I stand by Kaepernick’s charity work, and I look forward to the donations he’ll be making in the future.