NFLPA gives Colin Kaepernick weekly ‘Community MVP’ award
Colin Kaepernick was recognized by the NFLPA by receiving the union’s “Community MVP” award for Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season despite still being out of a job.
Congrats to Week 1 #CommunityMVP @Kaepernick7 for his latest $100K donation and hosting a back-to-school giveaway. https://t.co/jmmGxLlgSW pic.twitter.com/fzUJ9zkK1Y
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 15, 2017
Kaepernick of course spawned a movement with his decision to kneel during the national anthem before games during the 2016 season while a member of the San Francisco 49ers. He has remained unemployed — arguably in shocking manner — since opting out of his contract with the team.
Interestingly, Kaepernick is portrayed in his kneeling protest stance on the NFLPA website’s page touting the award, where Kaepernick is hailed with the following quote: “Not all heroes wear capes, Colin Kaepernick continues to give back to his community with his $100,000 donation to four charities – totaling $900,000 in donations this year.”
The unemployed signal-caller last year pledged to donate a total of $1 million to charity.
“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months,” a quote reads on top of a page on Kaepernick’s official website.
Kaepernick is eligible for the award because he is a dues-paying member of the union actively seeking employment, per an ESPN report.