Colin Kaepernick snuck into the city and made a surprise appearance Saturday at the Lower Eastside Girls Club on Avenue D.
The former quarterback with the big Afro and a big endorsement deal from Nike was back in headlines on Sunday after the San Francisco 49ers current quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, left the field with a season-ending knee injury.
The Twitterverse exploded with calls for the team to give Kaepernick the job.
Founded in 1996 to address the lack of services available to girls and young women on the Lower East Side, the Girls Club combats poverty with career training and mentoring.
The audience had no idea Kaepernick was the speaker at the club’s third annual Nike Backpack Giveaway, and gave him a hero’s welcome when he came out to speak.
Kaepernick, wearing a T-shirt printed with the words, “I Know My Rights,” explained to a mostly minority, mostly female crowd that included LES native Rosario Dawson, why he started kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 — to draw attention to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The QB, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, is more prominent than ever with his commercial for Nike with the slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Since the ad debuted on Labor Day, and some patriotic types torched their shoes in protest, Nike shares have surged nearly 5 percent, adding nearly $6 billion to the company’s market value.
Kaepernick, who has become a sort of racial injustice warrior, has filed a grievance against the NFL and its 32 teams, claiming they colluded to keep him out of the league.
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