Colin Kaepernick is an American civil rights activist and football quarterback who is a free agent. As a political activist, he knelt during the national anthem at the start of NFL games in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.
Colin Kaepernick played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL). In the 49ers‘ third preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick sat during the playing of the U.S. national anthem prior to the game, rather than stand as is customary, as a protest against racial injustice, police brutality and systematic oppression in the country.
The following week, and throughout the regular season, Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem. The protests received highly polarized reactions, with some praising him and his stand against racism and others denouncing the protests. The actions resulted in a wider protest movement, which intensified in September 2017 after President Donald Trump said that NFL owners should “fire” players who protest during the national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick became a free agent after the season and remained unsigned, which numerous analysts and observers have attributed to political reasons. Now for sale are Colin Kaepernick’s game-worn, blood-stained, and signed football gloves, rocked by the star quarterback during the 49ers 2014 season and half of the proceeds are going to Colin Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights Campaign.”
Colin Kaepernick, who was 27-years-old at the time, had one of his best seasons as a pro-signal-caller in 2014; racking up 3,369 passing yards and throwing 19 TDs. The Nike gloves, currently on the block at Goldin Auctions had a starting bid of $200, but with 16 bids, the price has already soared past $650. The auction doesn’t end until early November. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen valuable Colin Kaepernick items up for auction, a 1-of-a-kind 2011 Topps Platinum Rookie Patch Autograph Red Refractor card recently sold for over $20k!