NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent his 32nd birthday feeding the homeless.
Taking to the Tent City area of Oakland, California, a large homeless encampment, Kaep brought out a food truck, paying for every person who wanted a meal.
TMZ reported: “In partnership with his foundation, Know Your Rights Camp, and with the help of his girlfriend, Nessa, Colin was literally walking around handing out backpacks that were filled with snacks, socks, air quality masks, shampoo and other crucial resources.”
This isn’t the first time that Kaepernick has sacrificed his birthday in the name of those in need. Back in 2016, he brought dozens of black and Latinx kids together for the first Know Your Rights Camp event, to teach them about social injustice.
He said: “We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”
Kaep hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016 – a fact that doesn’t look as though it’ll change anytime soon.
“I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment, with little to no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin,” one of his reps, Jeff Nalley, said. “In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it.”
Kaepernick first became involved in political activism in 2016, when he chose to kneel during the US national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism against African Americans in the United States.
At the end of the season, he opted out of his contract and became a free agent but found it difficult to sign for other teams.
In November 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing it of colluding to keep him out of the league. In February 2019, he withdrew it after reaching a confidential settlement with the NFL.