49ers Pledge $1 Million to Bay Area Charities That Focus on Racial Issues Cited by Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers walks on the field during warm ups prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers walks on the field during warm ups prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday that they have pledged $1 million to two Bay Area organizations that focus on the type of racial and social inequities that quarterback Colin Kaepernick has discussed in the aftermath of his refusal to stand during the national anthem in protest of such injustices.

The commitment to donate the money to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation was preceded by Kaepernick saying he would donate the first $1 million of his $11.9-million base salary this season to groups that deal with those issues.

Kaepernick, who is currently the backup to Blaine Gabbert, is also donating his portion of the proceeds from the sales of his jersey to those causes. He currently has the No. 1 selling jersey in the NFL.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and to be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said earlier about his decision to make the donations. “I have to help these people. I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in a position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed.”

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