NFL player Colin Kaepernick donated $50,000 to Meals On Wheels in response to President Donald Trump's public criticism of him.
Addressing a Kentucky crowd, Trump claimed NFL owners refuse to sign Kaepernick because they fear a tweet from the president, the Daily Mail reports.
Kaepernick rose to fame in fall 2016 when he refused to stand for the national anthem during NFL preseason games. He sparked a wave of similar protests around the U.S.
"Your San Francisco quarterback, I'm sure nobody ever heard of him," began Trump, addressing the crowd. "There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump."
"Do you believe that?" the president continued. "I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of the Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag."
Shortly afterwards, Kaepernick gave $50,000 to Meal On Wheels. Trump's budget proposal calls for ending federal funding for the Meals On Wheels program, which delivers prepared food to homebound senior citizens. Kaepernick also donated $50,000 to Love Army for Somalia.
Many praised Kaepernick's donation to Meal on Wheels.
"Today, in what can only be described as an act that was simultaneously generous while also being epic shade to Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick just made a large donation to Meals on Wheels," wrote Shaun King, the New York Daily News' senior justice writer, on Facebook.
King's social media followers echoed his sentiments and went further.
"I really am starting to believe Kaepernick is a genius," wrote one person. "He is a public figure who actually does more than he says. His message is simple. His tactics cleverly shed light on problems and their solutions, while pointing out the hypocrisy of his opponents. Many lives have been saved already as a direct result of his actions and generosity."
Others disagreed that Kaepernick was trying to help others.
"Total BS !" responded one commenter. "He just needed a publicity stunt since he was fired from the NFL and no team is willing to take him on. He's not an American and should be thrown out of the country!"
Some argued Kaepernick's response actually validated conservative arguments for eliminating Meals On Wheels funding and Trump's approach to the program.
"Colin just proved the libertarian argument," chimed in a third person. "That when the government steps out private citizens will step in to fill the void. Libertarians argue that private citizens and community should fill in for the welfare state and the government should be as limited as possible. So a rich guy paying to help his community is a perfect example of this argument."