Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick completes his Million Dollar Pledge


Colin Kaepernick completes his Million Dollar Pledge

Using his platform to help those in need, Colin Kaepernick completed his pledge to donate $1 million to charities across the nation whose purpose is to serve oppressed communities. 

To complete the final $100,000 of his mission, Kaepernick launched the #10for10 campaign. He made 10 donations of $10,000 to 10 different charities with 10 celebrities matching him with at least $10,000.

Warriors stars Kevin Durant and Steph Curry both joined the cause. 

For the last day of #10for10, Kaepernick completed his pledge by donating $10,000 to H.O.M.E (Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure) charity in Lithonia, Ga. The donation was matched by recording artist Usher. 

"You have raised $1 million. I'm happy to be a part of the completion of that $1 million," Usher said. "Everyone that has done something around this is amazing. This is a collaborative effort. As a result of us helping each other, we all become stronger."

Along with his $1 million pledge, Kaepernick has stated he will donate his jersey sales from 2016 to charities. 

Despite throwing 16 touchdowns to only four interceptions for the 49ers in 2016, Kaepernick went unsigned and did not play in the NFL in 2017. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’


LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns. 

Durant honored to share GQ cover with 'courageous' Kaepernick

Durant honored to share GQ cover with 'courageous' Kaepernick

Warriors' reigning 2017 NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is being recognized by GQ Magazine as the 'Champion of the Year' -- and is thrilled that he'll be sharing the cover with Colin Kaepernick. 

RATTO: In naming Kaepernick 'Citizen of the Year,' GQ recalibrates what we have taken for granted

Kaepernick, who started a movement in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem -- to shine a light on social injustices -- has garnered the magazine's 'Citizen of the Year' honor. 

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Durant spoke on Kaepernick at Monday's shootaround prior to the Warriors' game against Orlando:

"He knew he would take a lot of heat for what he did, and he stood up for people that can't stand up for themselves. As an athlete, we're taught to kind of shut up and play our sport. He put everything on the line, man, You gotta respect it. We all respect it, and we all stand behind him and support him as athletes. He makes us proud to be part of the athletic community."