Kaepernick, who intends to continue his protest in the San Francisco 49ers’ season-opener Monday night, expressed gratitude at learning the news Wednesday and pledged to donate any proceeds he receives to help “achieve justice and equality” for all people.
“I want to thank everyone who has shown me love and support, it truly means a lot!” the 49ers quarterback, who will back up Blaine Gabbert, wrote on Instagram. “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!”
Although some 49ers fans initially burned his jerseys in anger, this week’s NFL openers promise to have a lot of people in the stands wearing No. 7. And at least one teammate and a Seattle Seahawks player have said they will join him by remaining seated or taking a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”