Nike is the NFL's official apparel sponsor and chose Kaepernick to celebrate its "Just Do It" 30th anniversary campaign. And, when the protests were at the height of discussion, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reinforced the already-written rule that all players must stand during the national anthem.
A stunning and simple image of former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick emerged on Labor Day - his solemn face starting in a black-and-white Nike ad with these poignant words: "Believe in something". And yet, the revelation that Kaepernick had parlayed his protest into a lucrative endorsement deal did not elicit a single tweet from Trump Monday night or Tuesday morning.
Trump weighed in on Nike's ad for the first time during an interview with conservative news outlet The Daily Caller on Tuesday, saying it "sends a bad message" and today posted a message on his Twitter account outlining his concerns around the campaign.
The campaign, which also includes LeBron James, Serena Williams, Shaquem Griffin and Odell Beckham Jr., received widespread backlash, with several people setting their Nike-wear on fire.
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And Congress, which has to approve any NAFTA rewrite, might refuse to endorse a deal that excludes Canada . Talks between the United States and Canada for revamping the trade deal, which includes Mexico, failed.
Kaepernick's protest inspired others to take part. I would love to see how they would protest Home Depot: 'The walls in my house must go!' And also, I'm not going to lie, those flaming Nikes makes me nearly want to pay more.
She added of his activism in general: "I think everyone has a choice to do what they choose to do". The quarterback has also filed a grievance against the National Football League, alleging that owners have purposefully denied him employment.
The NFL responded to the ad in a statement on Twitter, saying, "the social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action".
"He's done a lot for the African American community, and it's cost him a lot". The NFL team owners passed a rule this offseason that gives players who would kneel the option of remaining in the locker room during the anthem.