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Colin Kaepernick announced on Instagram that he is putting his money where his mouth is.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s jersey has become the no. 1 seller in the NFL following his refusal to stand for the national anthem. Kaepernick said on Wednesday that he plans to donate his earnings from the jersey to “communities” he is protesting for. He hasn’t specified which charities or communities he will be giving back to.
“I want to thank everyone who has shown me love and support, it truly means a lot,” Kaepernick said in his post. “I wasn’t expecting my jersey sales to jump to number one because of this, but it shows the people’s belief that we can achieve justice and equality for all.”
I want to thank everyone who has shown me love and support, it truly means a lot! I wasn’t expecting my jersey sales to jump to number one because of this, but it shows the people’s belief that we can achieve justice and equality for ALL! The only way I can repay you for the support is to return the favor by donating all the proceeds I receive from my jersey sales back into the communities! I believe in the people, and WE can be the change!
A photo posted by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on
Not all of the revenue related to Kaepernick’s shirt will actually be donated. All NFL jersey sales are put into a collective pool and then divided among the NFL players. Whatever Kaepernick makes off being a part of that pool is presumably what will get donated.
While Kaepernick’s jersey has been a fast seller online, not everyone is buying the jersey to wear it in solidarity. Videos have surfaced of 49ers fans setting his jersey on fire.
Other fans have shown solidarity with the athlete on Twitter and say they want to buy his jersey to support his cause.
YALL.I went to buy a Colin Kaepernick jersey bc he down for the movement&joint was $100.RACISTS OUT HERE BURNING $100?! yo slide that to me!
— Melanin Gawdess (@Wilgloryy) August 29, 2016
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.