The stuff of fairytales can be true. Just ask Jaden Watts. According to a report in the Washington Post, Watts walked into GameStop in a shopping mall in Virginia and his Colin Kaepernick 49ers jersey got the attention of Washington Redskins running backs Keith Marshall and Rob Kelley who complimented him for his shirt.
Watts had wandered into the store to price an Xbox One. When he saw the price, he said he would have to save up to get it. Those words were overheard by Marshall, who asked his teammate if he would join him in buying one for Watts.
Kelley told the Washington Post, “I was cool with it.” He wished someone would’ve done something like that for him when was growing up. “His family is probably able to do whatever they want, but everybody is not able to have the stuff that we have the luxury of having…To make an impact on somebody, I have no problem with it.”
When they offered to buy it for Watts, he excitedly rushed to find his grandmother who was getting her makeup done in the store next door. He told her two men wanted to by him an Xbox. She told the Washington Post she was skeptical and worse, worried that the men might have less than honorable intentions. She went to GameStop with Watts and he introduced his grandmother to him. She, like Jaden didn’t know who they were.
Marshall asked Saundra if they could buy her son an Xbox. Saundra told the Washington Post, “I was like, ‘Really?’ Now mind you, I didn’t know they were Redskins, and neither did Jaden.”
She was shocked when Marshall told her who they were. Not only did they buy him an Xbox, but a copy of NBA 2K18. They took a photo, hug, exchanged phone numbers and said goodbyes. Christmas came early for Jaden when he woke up the next day he told his grandmother he had a dream that he was in GameStop and two Redskins players bought him an Xbox.
She told the Washington Post she said, “That wasn’t a dream dodo, that really happened.”
Jaden wasn’t just wearing the jersey because Kaepernick is a superstar. Jaden told the Washington Post that he liked how Kaepernick wasn’t afraid to show what he thought. Kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and brutality last season, an act which has left without a team to play for has turned into a national debate and drama between President Trump and the NFL. Jaden gives Kaepernick props for actions. He told the Washington Post, “He risked getting fired, which was a big thing. I wouldn’t even do that, but he did, and I really like him for standing out. I don’t know if people agree with it, but he just doesn’t care what people say and that’s inspired me and probably inspired other people.”
Jaden now has two more NFL players he thinks are cool.