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Kaepernick Jersey Sales

While plenty of people have complained about Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, he has a lot of support too. Just look around for Kaepernick’s jersey, because they are flying off the shelves.kapsjersey

Many people are buying the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s No. 7 jersey, and he is not even starting Week 1 for the 49ers. Among all NFL players, Kaepernick has moved up to first on the list, according to NFLShop.com. Earlier this week, “Good Morning America” said Kaepernick ranked 20th among 49ers players in jersey sales before his protest gained so much attention. Now read that again, he went from being 20th on his team to #1 in the NFL, very interesting.

Kaepernick was moved by the support, and in an Instagram post he thanked those who had bought his jersey and promised to donate the proceeds “back into the communities.” Kaepernick previously promised to donate $1 million to organizations that support his cause. Kaepernick is protesting injustice in America against racial minorities.

I want to thank everyone who has shown me love and support, it truly means a lot! 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!

jcolewearingkapHip-hop stars J. Cole and Trey Songz wore Kaepernick jerseys during recent performances, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Although Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem (he switched from sitting during the anthem to taking a knee for last week’s preseason game) has drawn a lot of negative responses, many others have a positive view of what he’s doing. Kaepernick said he’s not anti-American or anti-military, as some who want to denigrate his message have claimed. He says he wants to point out unfair treatment of black people and other minorities, especially by police.

While Kaepernick’s critics have been vocal, the quarterback’s supporters have spoken loudly in another way: with their wallets.

I honestly thought this story would have gone away by this point, but it actually continues to gain speed, traction and therefore, power. In the begenning I was very much against this move, and felt very insulted by the way he was bringing attention to a very serious issue. But, as the story develops and he continues to pledge his money and his voice to a cause that does deserve attention, I am growing less annoyed and less insulted everyday. I don’t think I will ever say that what he did and the manner in which he went about it was perfect, but he is talking a good game, even though he is currently not playing in one.

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