Colin Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers in merchandise sales from March through May, even though he was not even on the roster during this three-month period.
According to ESPN Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell, Kaepernick was the best-selling 49ers player in merchandise during those three months. The quarterback is still a free agent, with NFL general managers anonymously offering various reasons for why he is still unsigned.
The best selling 49ers player in merchandise from March thru May was Colin Kaepernick, who was no longer on the team. pic.twitter.com/wW4d1xH2tw
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 22, 2017
“It doesn’t have to do with the protests — if it did, then teams would be cutting the players who are standing or kneeling during the anthem. The league is filled with guys who are protesting the same exact way who are on rosters,” one anonymous general manager said to Sporting News. “I have no comment on [Kaepernick’s] views or convictions. Those are his own and I don’t think a team would sign him or not sign him solely over those actions. My caution — and I think it is echoed by nearly everyone I’ve talked to — is that he’s become a distraction. At this point, the way he’s handled it, the way he’s tweeting and all that garbage, it doesn’t help.”
However, the NFL Players Association recently awarded the football athlete and activist the Community MVP award for the first week of this year’s season.
“For being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to Kaepernick’s foundation or charity of choice along with an in-kind donation to him on behalf of our supporting partner Delta Private Jets,” the association announced. “Kaepernick, along with the other 2017 Community MVPs, will also become eligible for this year’s Byron Whizzer White Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.”