Jason Hairston, a former linebacker with the 49ers, has died at the age of 47. Hairston was the founder of KUIU hunting gear and a friend of Donald Trump Jr. A post on the company’s Instagram page on September 5 said, “We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic passing of KUIU founder Jason Hairston. His legacy lives on in KUIU’s spirit of relentless innovation.” Jason Hairston’s cause of death has not been revealed.
Hairston spent a year playing in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers under defensive coordinator Peter Carroll in addition to another season playing in Denver.
In March 2017, Politico reported that Donald Trump Junior had tapped Hairston to work as a liaison between the Interior Department and hunting groups. Hairston told the website at the time, “I’m absolutely going to take the position.” He added that the job offered no salary and that Hairston was planning to remain living in California. White House deputy press secretary is quoted in the same story as saying that no such job offer had been made.” The article notes that Trump Junior and Hairston had been friends since 2015. Politico says that Hairston was in regular contact with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
On August 9, Hairston posted a photo to Instagram showing in him on a hunting trip with the president’s son on August 9:
In February 2016, Trump Jr. tweeted his support for Hairston’s company being featured in a Bloomberg article titled, “A Camouflage Clothing Line Wants to Be Lululemon for Hunters.” That same month, Hairston helped to organize a meeting between Donald Trump and the leaders of various hunting groups. According to Politico, Hairston said Trump “know that [hunting is] not just a sport, that it really is something that’s more meaningful to hunters and how important wildlife and conservation are because of everything Don and Eric have experienced and shared with him… So he’s not just pacifying his kids over this. He understands it and gets it.”
Hairston is survived by his wife, Kirstyn. According to Kirstyn Hairston’s LinkedIn page, she is the vice president of KUIU.
Among those featured on KUIU’s social media pages, wearing the company’s gear, are Carson Palmer, UFC star Chad Mendes and San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland.
Hairston was a native of Orange County and was a linebacker at UC Davis. He went undrafted into the NFL where he was picked up by the 49ers.
Source: Heavy Sports