“We Haven’t Heard Anything That Kaep Did For The Community … After The Settlement” | Former NFL Players Cast Stones At Colin Kaepernick

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 02: Colin Kaepernick participates in a throwing exhibition during half time of the Michigan spring football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick has taken a lot of criticism. It has come from outside of the NFL and executive and ownership rank for his social justice stance. However, tonow it is coming from fellow former NFL players after Antonio Brown put some critical comments in the universe about his charitable work.

Former cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones recently spoke his piece about the QB.

“As far as the community part, I think AB is right,” Jones said to TMZ. “We haven’t heard anything that Kaep did for the community or given back to the community after the settlement.”

“Woke” Has To Mean Broke?

Jones went further, saying that he feels the settlement Kaepernick reached from the NFL collusion is stopping him from playing ball in places like the XFL. He feels Kaep only wants the marquee value the NFL can provide or nothing because he doesn’t need the money.

“I just think it’s hard for a guy to fairytale for 2.5 hours, three hours every day throwing the ball if you don’t want to play,” Jones continued. “I think he wants to play. Do he deserve to play? That’s another question. But do he want to play? I do think he wants to play.”

But now that the mirror is reflecting on his peers, one question remains: why does being an activist have to equate to no financial opportunities when you are frozen from your primary profession?

AB’s Cigar Talk

During an interview with the “Cigar Talk” podcast last week, Antonio Brown was very critical of Kaepernick, alluding to his Nike affiliation and implying that he isn’t the man of the people that his brand suggests.

“But they (NFL) gave him the money, and they (Nike) gave him a commercial, they (Netflix) gave him the documentary,” Brown said. “He took a deal. We don’t feel sorry for you. You took the deal. F**k out of here. Oh, Kaepernick. Man, you on f***ing Nike, man. F**k out of here.

“Kaepernick did all that and took the money and then got the commercial,” Brown said. “We don’t see Kaepernick outside. Where he at? I ain’t never seem him outside. He already took the money, all that’s cap. We ain’t respecting that, bro. You took the money, the commercials. We don’t see you outside. We don’t see him in the hood. He don’t do nothing.

What AB Doesn’t Know

Brown did concede that Kaepernick has a foundation, Know Your Rights Camp. However, he was not clear that the charity has donated over $1.75 million to aid “Black and Brown communities,” according to reports.

“He built a foundation,” Brown continued on “Cigar Talk.” “What it do, though? I’m being real. What superhero he enforce? Who he put on? Who he help?”

Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman weighed in and saw Brown’s point, although he felt that the message got lost due to the messenger.

Not So “Merry” On Kaepernick

“He makes some valid points about Colin Kaepernick, saying that, you know, he took the money from the NFL. The settlement. The Nike commercials — all these things,” Merriman said to TMZ.

“Well, I think a lot of people think that way about all the other stuff that Colin Kaepernick has going on, and his opportunities that he’s had to get back in the NFL, and just hasn’t.

“We get the message,” Merriman said, “but people aren’t trying to listen to the messenger.”

Kaepernick’s choice to kneel and call out the NFL and the country for its lack of social justice and particularly the police brutality issue, has remained polarizing.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.