The NFL finally has something sensible to say about to Colin Kaepernick’s activism, and this comes one day after Nike unveiled the former quarterback as the brand’s face of the “Just Do It” campaign.
Recall that the sportsman man started a necessary conversation in the United States after his refusal to stand for the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustices against the people of colour. President Trump condemned him on several occasions on his Twitter, and when the new season of football started, the former 49ers quarterback was not re-hired.
However, he has since gone on to become a national icon.
In the new Nike ad, the former NFL quarterback is looking at the camera, and printed over the image is: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt.”
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
As expected, Racist Twitter went on absolute meltdown.
But the NFL, which Kaepernick accused of colluding to keep him off every roster because of his protests during the national anthem, has something positive to say. “The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action,” said the league in a statement Tuesday.
However, the league has yet to come to a policy agreement with players about kneeling during the anthem.