Colin Kaepernick earned $14 million last year. Now, three months away from the NFL season, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback still hasn’t been signed on by a team. However, it hasn’t stopped him from making his free time count.
On Sunday, Kaepernick arrived at a New York City parole office and donated two large boxes of custom made suits to people who have been released from prison and could use them for upcoming job interviews. Accompanying him was Hot 97 radio host Nessa Diab who also brought some of her own clothes for donation.
The football player’s good deed benefits 100 Suits, an organization dedicated to providing workwear to men and women seeking jobs.
“By being able to wear appropriate suits to their interviews,” the group's site reads, “these men and women are better equipped to achieve gainful employment, which will ultimately help them to transition into mainstream society and live more productive lives.”
The charity organization also offers tailoring services so people can have their donated clothes altered to fit them, when necessary. The aim of the organization is to prevent re-offense by convicted criminals by helping them gain employment.
Kaepernick has not wavered from his last season’s commitment to donate $1 million to promote social justice causes. Since then, the football player has donated over $100,000 to Mothers Against Police Brutality, Black Youth Project, Appetite For Change, Center For Reproductive Rights, Silicon Valley De-Bug, Communities United for Police Reform, and Causa Justa/Just Cause.
He also made a donation of $50,000 to Meals on Wheels and in March helped get a supply of food and water to Somalia. A GoFundMe page was set up for the cause and in just four days, the page exceeded its $2 million goal.
Kaepernick has been unemployed since opting out of his contracts with San Francisco 49ers. Despite being only 29, the quarterback has led teams to a Super Bowl and multiple conference title games.
In December, Kaepernick’s then-teammates on the 49ers voted to give him an annual team award based on exemplifying “inspirational and courageous play.”
However, he has still not been able to latch on to a team and some people believe his outspoken views against racism and refusal to stand for the national anthem have caused him to be rejected by the league.
Donald Trump gleefully said in March that “NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.”