NFLPA gives Colin Kaepernick its Community MVP award

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The players union recognized another player who’s doing more than his share to help people off the field.

And the fact he’s not on the field allows them to get a not-so-subtle dig in at the owners who won’t let Colin Kaepernick onto a field.

The NFLPA announced that the former 49ers quarterback was named their Week One Community MVP, “for his commitment to empowering underserved communities through donations and grassroots outreach.”

The day of last week’s opener, Kaepernick announced his latest round of $100,000 donations (as part of his pledge to give $1 million to a variety of charities). He gave $25,000 each to DREAM, a New York group which provides after-school programs and youth sports opportunities to inner-city youth; Coalition for the Homeless; The Gathering for Justice’s War on Children, a new program that will launch in 2018 to continue the fight against child incarceration; and United We Dream, which addresses the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. Then on Sept. 9, he held a backpack giveaway at the Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York.

The union is making a $10,000 donation to Kaepernick’s charity along with the award. They point out in their released that to be eligible for the award, a player must be a dues-paying union member, and “either on a current NFL roster or actively seeking employment as a free agent.”

The union gave the award for “Week Zero” to J.J. Watt, who raised millions of dollars for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Kaepernick has time to do all these wonderful things because he’s not busy working at the moment, even as teams are displacing starters who spent entire offseasons preparing, and handing their teams over to recently acquired backups who aren’t like-for-like system fits.

110 responses to “NFLPA gives Colin Kaepernick its Community MVP award

  1. That’s great that he’s making those donations and I applaud him for it. I still think his racist rants against the police in this country are unacceptable and I don’t think anybody owes him a job.

    I’m also guessing there are a lot of NFL players making similar charitable contributions but they don’t get awards because their situation doesn’t fit the agenda of the NFLPA.

  2. That’s great that he’s finally in the news for something positive. Did they mention whether or not he’s going to donate to the Castro regime in Cuba too? Maybe if he hadn’t alienated so many people by wearing that Castro shirt he would still have a job.

    As far as the “like-for-like” system comment…I don’t know of any teams that are in the market for a QB who can’t read defenses and runs after the first look instead of going through his progressions. Maybe that’s why he’s unemployed instead of what PFT keeps pushing on us.

  3. Boohoo, hope no one signs him again. JJ Watt is a better example, charitable guy who doesn’t find the need to wear Castro shirts or pig socks.

  4. Good to hear he is working in the communities to make them a better place. Now if he will just step up and admit that he made a mistake in the way he chose to demonstrate, he could probably get a job.
    Young men make mistakes all the time, and it’s not something that can’t be forgiven…if he would ask to be forgiven.

  5. This guy is a clown. My father was shot down in Vietnam so this turd can disrespect something that so many gave their lives for? Don’t like it Kaep, get out. Name 1 other country on this planet that will give you the opportunity you have been given. You can’t. I am sure the NFL in Pakistan is paying well! Don’t disrespect a country that has given you the chance to make millions of dollars to PLAY A GAME!

  6. joetoronto says:
    September 15, 2017 at 11:34 am
    PFT has way surpassed the pathetic point regarding this loser.

    It’s just a matter of time before a new football site opens that’s not political and most of us will be gone.
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    Ideology trumps everything. If it means burning the house down to push a narrative, so be it. You deplorable, you.

  7. It’s essentially two owners that don’t want him. Browns and Jets. Let’s not pretend all 32 don’t think he can play because most teams either have a comparable qb in terms of ability, or they don’t want to change their offense to fit Kaep. And he’s a punk. A punk donating to charity…but still a punk.

  8. Lots of good things from unions but this is not one of them. Kap was at work, not his time to show his personal disrespect for our country. He is a disgrace to his parents, himself and anyone he supposedly feels he is representing…

  9. Good for them, he deserves it. He has continued to let his actions speak more than the racist trumptard trash that bash him for freedom of speech.

  10. “either on a current NFL roster or actively seeking employment as a free agent.”

    Considering he has been mute on the subject ‘actively’ might be a bit of a stretch.
    But it’s no more of a stretch than Goodell routinely makes using the word integrity so that’s a wash.

  11. Man the majority of the posters on this site are beyond ignorant. I feel sad for the future since most of you probably will spawn ignorant offspring that will not read beyond a 5th-grade level. Good luck with that.

  12. What’s the big deal, you got a murderer (lewis) about to go to HOF, you just put a crack head and a guy who escaped being a murderer by a lousy centimeter (irvin) in a few years back and you got legitimate punks: Elliott, both Bennett Brothers, Cushing, and so many more as faces of the NFL . What harm is there in making a racist non player the man of the year ? And they wonder why ratings dropping

  13. All of these people are complaining about Kap’s right to freedom of speech were the same ones posting vile things about Obama when he was in off. Shouldn’t you have been fired from your job as well or do you get a pass because you’re too much of a coward to put your face behind your comments?

  14. Riley Cooper says he’ll fight any N-word in the house and he was awarded a new shiny contract. Kaepernick highlights injustice, by saying nothing and he’s out of the league. In keeping with the known double standard, I guess that’s about right.

    CONGRATS to Kap.

  15. They should probably change the text here to white and the background to black. Anti-American??? Really? Our country was founded on protesting inequality and using the freedom of speech. Kaep is going about this in the most peaceful and symbolic manner possible and the white boys are still blind. It’s not difficult. I’m white and don’t get singled out (or shot) by police and I really enjoy not having to deal with that issue. Put yourself in the situation where you had to constantly be aware of police because they are (in general/not all) targeting you because of the color of your skin? That’s a lot more anti-American. Or I guess you could continue to ignorantly bee-bob your way through life acting like it’s not an issue because it doesn’t affect you and whenever it’s brought up, you can call it something else or deflect it. That’s the easy way.

  16. So much for the Racist hypocrites who tried to justify Kap’s banishment by saying “what is he doing”. Now it’s obvious what he has been doing to help the communities his protests aimed to support. Now the excuse is “Well, many NFL players have charities” so to make his contributions seem insignificant. This is what insecure, childish people do: always pointing their finger at others when they are the real problem!

  17. Placing on a pedestal the one “player” who has contributed most to declining ratings is very smart. No wonder Roger cleaned their clocks during their last negotiations….like shooting ducks in a barrel.

  18. Wonderful things like praising communist dictators and teaming up with Islamists with known terror ties like Linda Sarsour? The left wing sports media doesn’t even try to hide is propaganda efforts any longer

  19. Oh YES. He’s Soooooo civic minded that he doesn’t even VOTE and disrespects the National Anthem and claims to have no opportunity in this country while being a millionaire.

    I wish I wasn’t eating lunch when I read this, because now I’m vomiting…

  20. Only person less deserving was Obama when he received the Nobel Prize for Peace first week on job and then proceeded to bomb at least 7 separate countries over the next 8 years in charge.

    These awards are all just PR to push a false narrative.

  21. So the NFLPA is basically saying they are anti-police (pig socks), anti-american (kneeling for the anthem),and anti-democracy (Castro t-shirt), then?

    The world does not owe Colin Kaepernick a living, and he needs to understand that while he’s free to take whatever misguided stance he wants to, he is not exempt from consequences for those stands.

    Plus he just plain sucks and has done nothing to improve on that.

  22. So he gives money to United We Dream, a toxic illegal immigrant identity politics group pushing for open borders and then the “The Gathering for Justice’s War on Children” another hysterical identity politics slush fund trying to give people a free pass from punishment for crimes based on race and age. Making some tax deductible contributions to shady charities doesn’t erase the fact Kaepernick is a tool. Hamas does alot of charity work as well. Are they good guys too?

  23. So donating to a couple of far left wing charities, one of which is an illegal immigrant special interest group pushing for open borders is a “wonderful thing”?

  24. blowpackblow says:
    September 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

    This guy is a clown. My father was shot down in Vietnam so this turd can disrespect something that so many gave their lives for?
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    Yep. Freedom is what soldiers fight and die for, isn’t it?

  25. Give me a break!! J.J. Watt’s efforts helped raise over 30 million dollars for victims of the hurricane in Texas, and they give this schmuck the award?????
    What a joke the NFLPA is! I can’t wait for them to vote to strike!

  26. RGIII really really stinks @glocker7, that’s the only reason. He didn’t throw 16 touchdowns vs. 4 interceptions in 2016, and his QBR wasn’t better than the majority of his competitors.

  27. I’ve never realized how much hatred exists in the majority of the readers of PFT. These comments are disgusting. Please, tell me what most of you have done for your community or the disadvantaged/under-served.

  28. The question remains, is Colin Kaepernick actively seeking employment at this point in time? We haven’t heard a peep from him in months. As far as we know, he has little desire to play football. The only people who seem to be bothered by the fact that he’s not, are all the social justice Warriors using his situation to forward their narrative.

  29. J.J. Watt helps race $30 million for Hurricane relief, and the NFLPA does this?

    Well, I hereby aware the NFLPA the award for most completely tone-deaf organization on the face of the earth.

    If the race of these players were reversed, the NFLPA would be accused of racism by the usual suspects.

  30. Your 2017 Walter Peyton MAN OF THE YEAR… Colin Kaepernick! This former, under performing player will be receiving the award tonight in his beloved pig-socks and Fidel Castro shirt.

  31. The anti-Kap side has to HATE stories like this.

    They are trying to keep up these false narratives, like Kap is divisive, a locker room cancer, only doing this for publicity, doesn’t protest “on his own time”, etc.

    Kap is one of the most respected players in the NFL, which is exemplified by winning this award from the organizations that represents ALL players.

    Kap should be in the NFL. If he was the starting QB for the Jags, they would be a playoff team. Seriously. Imagine Kap running zone-reads with Fournette behind him and that defense.

  32. Lol When viewership is going down consistently there will be a generation of NFL players that can thank him for their paychecks being a lot lighter then then the players that came before them !

  33. classclown71 says:
    September 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm
    I thought you had to at least participate to get a trophy…

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    its better to embrace progressive thinking. Once you had to win something to get a trophy, that of course was ridiculous because it meant only one person could get a trophy. Giving it to just one person is very callous for how it makes the other participants feel. It implies that person did better than them and of course it would be a slap in the face to suggest such a thing. So they started giving them to all participants and that made things a lot better. But really its not good enough because what about all the people that stood on the sidelines and just watched? What about the people that couldn’t be there that day? Its discriminatory to ignore their feelings and only worry about the participants. This is why we need to think outward and really embrace those people too so they know we value them.

  34. Definitely, sense the intimidation factor. Commentors are this site are angry that a black man can read, know his rights, think for himself and call out injustices in this country. Kinda reminds you of the 1800s, when slave owners did everything in their power to keep African Americans from being educated. The fear of an educated black man with an opinion is very real.

  35. youngnoizecom says:
    September 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm
    Definitely, sense the intimidation factor. Commentors are this site are angry that a black man can read, know his rights, think for himself and call out injustices in this country. Kinda reminds you of the 1800s, when slave owners did everything in their power to keep African Americans from being educated. The fear of an educated black man with an opinion is very real.

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    An educated man of any color is a wonderful thing. But I dont think Kaepernick qualifies. This is after all the guy that thought Castro stood against oppression. I recall he didnt grasp what Ali stood for either.

  36. He opted out of his contract. No one is required or obligated to sign him. What about Ray Rice? RGII? #Notall

  37. youngnoizecom says:
    September 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm
    Definitely, sense the intimidation factor. Commentors are this site are angry that a black man can read, know his rights, think for himself and call out injustices in this country. Kinda reminds you of the 1800s, when slave owners did everything in their power to keep African Americans from being educated. The fear of an educated black man with an opinion is very real.

    Absolutely absurd. Reminds you of the 1800s when no one on this thread grandparents were even alive? Everyone in American is against slavery. It’s ridiculous to even bring it up.

  38. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says:
    September 15, 2017 at 11:40 am
    mase7286 says:
    September 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

    “WHAT?!?”- JJ Watt
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    ^^^^^ This. This times a million.
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    So you didn’t read the article either? Let me fill you in- they honored Watt last week before they honored Kaep.

  39. FoozieGrooler says:
    September 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    It’s really quite startling how many people there are out there who are intimidated by a black man with an opinion.

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    It is even more startling how many people make and believe everything is about race. Those people are the real racists

  40. youngnoizecom – Kaep is half white. This is not about white people hating on an educated black man. For example, Ha Ha Clinton Dix supported the Bennett brothers right to protest, but also sent the message that most police are here to help. Nobody seems upset with him.

  41. Colin Kaepernick will go down in history as a great American. Kids will read about him, and the wonderful things he did to serve others. They’ll be speaking highly of him inside churches. He won’t be the first civil rights leader to be hated, but then eventually revered.

  42. charliecharger – So calling cops murderers, praising communism and hanging out with Islamists like Linda Sarsour is what makes you a great American? He’s a lowlife lionized by the far left who has always had a thing for terrorists and cop killers

  43. Strange how many clowns on here cant see the difference in Castro tshirt and a Che Guevara tshirt! Actually listen to what he said about your flag and your military, and you would see what he was really doing. But of course, that wouldnt fit your unfounded, baseless, hate spweing narrative. The social media zombies cant be bothered to think for themselves, they need to be told how offended they should be.

  44. Let’s all remember that none of this would have ever happened if Kaep could have beaten out Gabbert in camp. He couldn’t so he pouted and used racial injustice as his excuse for doing so. He sends a great message to the kids: Look what you can achieve if you pout when you lose.

  45. It’s nice that he’s giving a lot of money to charity, but to win an award like “Community MVP,” you would think that one would have to be a little more well-liked by the general public…

  46. Employing the most hated player in NFL history isn’t a “like-for-like system fit” for a team owner trying to maximize profits.

    One can only imagine the elation in the PFT offices when word of this ridiculous grandstanding move came over the wire.

  47. charliecharger says:
    September 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm
    Colin Kaepernick will go down in history as a great American. Kids will read about him, and the wonderful things he did to serve others. They’ll be speaking highly of him inside churches. He won’t be the first civil rights leader to be hated, but then eventually revered.
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    Whatever drugs you’re taking, you need to get off them fast.
    They are making you very delusional.

  48. “Kaepernick has time to do all these wonderful things because he’s not busy working at the moment, even as teams are displacing starters who spent entire offseasons preparing, and handing their teams over to recently acquired backups who aren’t like-for-like system fits.”
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    I’m sure a guy who hasn’t practiced in months and is 3-16 in his last several starts will be the answer these teams are looking for.

  49. Good can come of this. The haters who will not stop donating their time and effort to the ‘Help Colin Play’ charity may actually help him with his actual charities. They can stop trying to fix something that is not broken and pay attention to those who really need help.

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