Colin Kaepernick reportedly makes $50,000 donation to Meals on Wheels

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After his season-long protest against racial injustice in the United States drew widespread attention when people noticed the then-49ers quarterback was kneeling during the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick backed up his stance by pledging to donate to charities that help communities in need. Kaepernick recently made two more donations that totaled $100,000.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Kaepernick donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels and Love Army For Somalia. 

Last week, Kaepernick began helping Love Army For Somalia by raising money to fly food and water to people there.

As for his Meals on Wheels contribution, it comes at a time when the program, which delivers food to homebound seniors, is receiving more donations than usual after it was reported that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would negatively impact it. The Trump administration has denied that Meals on Wheels would be cut. 

Kaepernick is currently a free agent. Given he’s better than recently signed quarterbacks like Brian HoyerMike Glennon and Josh McCown, it’s possible that his protest is playing a role in his inability to land a contract during the first two weeks of free agency. One AFC general manager told Bleacher Report last week that some teams are avoiding Kaepernick because they â€œfear the backlash from fans” and “they think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team.” He added that others “genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem].”

On Monday night, Trump took a few shots at Kaepernick:

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback,” Trump said, via TMZ (by way of PFT). “I’m sure nobody ever heard of him. I’m just reporting the news. There was an article today — I love to report the news and then they said I made a mistake, right? I said, ‘No, the people reporting the news made a mistake if it’s wrong.’ But there was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of the Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kaepernick won’t continue to kneel during the national anthem. 

Meanwhile, his former coach Jim Harbaugh revealed that he’s been contacted by NFL teams about Kaepernick. Harbaugh told those teams that Kaepernick can still be great and win championships

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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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