National Football League responds to Colin Kaepernick, social justice issues

National Football League responds to Colin Kaepernick, social justice issues

Even former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad weighed in, tweeting: "The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster". To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.

"We want to know from you, are you going to continue to support Nike?".

Nike is putting Colin Kaepernick back in the spotlight.

In an interview with Fox News a year ago, Trump told Sean Hannity he thought Kaepernick should have been suspended after his first protest.

In June, President Donald Trump canceled the visit of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House after several players indicated they would not attend.

ESPN reporter Darren Rovell, who broke the news yesterday, reported Nike's new "Just Do It" campaign would target 15- to 17-year-old teenagers and also include professional athletes Odell Beckham Jr., Shaquem Griffin, Lacey Baker, Serena Williams and LeBron James. "Even if it means sacrificing everything" superimposed on a photo of his face.

Team owners reacted to widespread condemnation by banding together and ruling that all players must stand during the national anthem.

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Social media has been divided over the issue of a protest and boycott of the Kaepernick deal.

Announced last March, the deal established Nike as the official supplier of National Football League uniforms and sideline gear through the 2028 season - an eight-year extension on the previous terms of the agreement.

Former CIA director John O. Brennan threw his support behind the campaign.

As is often the case, many supporters of the ad spoke out on social media to say the controversy only made them more likely to buy more Nike products.

"He did so not to disrespect our flag but to give meaning to the words of the preamble of our Constitution-'in order to form a more flawless union.' Well done, Colin, well done".

On Tuesday, the hashtag "NikeBoycott" was one of the most trending topics on Twitter, being tweeted by over 30,000 people.

Nike is just the latest sports brand to face boycott calls, which industry analysts said can alienate some customers, while winning over others, but often blow over quickly.

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