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The Sportsman Trump Despises Gives Beautiful Suits To Men Who Really Need Them

Not all heroes wear Kaeps.

02/05/2017 5:14 PM AEST | Updated 02/05/2017 5:20 PM AEST
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Philanthropy looks good on him.

Colin Kaepernick, take a bow.

Kaepernick is the NFL quarterback famous for taking a knee (as in kneeling) during the American national anthem before football games, in protest against police racism.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick explained in September last year. As you can imagine, he's not Donald Trump's favourite person.

Kaepernick is now off contract, and has been busy with charitable work. He donated $50,000 of his own money to Meals on Wheels America in protest at president Trump's projected cuts to that organisation, and he even helped crowdfund a plane with food and water to famine-stricken Somalia.

His latest charitable effort? Suits for people who have been released from prison and are looking for work.

Community first !! 100suits & Colin Kaepernick @ Queens parole

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Kaepernick is technically out of work himself right now, and may not play NFL again. The HuffPost ran a really interesting piece recently arguing that the backlash against his activism means he may struggle to find a team owner who'd hire him.

But the 29-year-old quarterback has been using his time productively. In the image above, he is outside the New York State Parole Office with Kevin Element Livingston from 100 Suits -- an organisation that helps former prisoners, homeless people, ex-gang members and survivors of domestic violence.

"By being able to wear appropriate suits to their interviews, 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," says the blurb on the 100 Suits site.

Kaepernick fully funds an organisation for youth called Know Your Rights Camp, which raises awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and how to interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.

The organisation released this video of Kaepernick unloading the suits. WARNING: there's some offensive language near the end.

America is lucky they've got this guy. And just in case you think the whole football world is against him, you should know that the 49ers gave him their award for "inspirational and courageous play" last year.


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