Kaepernick to donate all jersey sales proceeds to communities in need

Colin Kaepernick's controversial decision to sit during the national anthem has transcended football and become a national conversation. The 49ers quarterback is protesting because, as he explained at the time, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

Some agree with his position while others don't. One of the criticisms is that there are more effective ways to affect change than by sitting for the national anthem. For example, donating time, money, or resources might better serve Kaepernick's purposes.

Well, last week, Kaepernick said he would donate $1 million to charities that help communities in need, and on Wednesday, he took to Instagram to announce that he will donate all the proceeds he receives from the sale of his No. 7 jersey back into the community.

On Tuesday, Kaepernick -- who, it's worth remembering, is currently the backup quarterback behind Blaine Gabbert -- had the NFL's top-selling jersey.

"I want to thank everyone who has shown me love and support, it truly means a lot!" Kaepernick wrote on Instagram. "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!"

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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