*Something interesting went down after the San Francisco 49ers played and defeated the San Diego Chargers 31-21 in an NFL preseason game Thursday night. Colin Kaepernick met with the media and he took the opportunity to go into significant detail about his controversial protest, the causes he supports, and how things will work moving forward.
One of the things we learned is that he will be donating the first $1 million of his 2016 salary to various community organizations. He says he’s been speaking with various organizations to move beyond the why of the protest, and into the underlying issues of the protests. This will include working in communities in need, and effecting change as much as he can, according to SB Nation’s David Fucillo.
If you didn’t see it, Kaepernick’s way of protesting before the game was to take a knee (kneel) for the national anthem. He was joined by free safety Eric Reid. However, the under fire quarterback was seen applauding military families when they were recognized during the game, and also standing and applauding for “God Bless America.”
After the game, Kaepernick and Reid both talked about what led to kneeling instead of sitting. They both spent some time with former Green Beret and long snapper Nate Boyer, and they spoke with him about ways to maintain their protest while also making it clear they support the military.
Kaepernick said he and Reid, the team’s union representative, have had many conversations about the social issues that have triggered the quarterback’s protest.
“It’s amazing. Me and Eric had many conversations. He approached me and said, ‘I support what you’re doing, I support what your message is, let’s think about how we can do this together.’ And we talked about it at length. And we wanted to make sure the message that we send isn’t lost in the action that comes along with it.”
You can see the full interview (with better sound and video) at KNBR.com.
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