Trump targets Nike as Kaepernick ads spark boycott calls

05 September, 2018, 19:35 | Author: Regina Boyd
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"Wow", he said in a monolgue addressing the reaction to the campaign featuring Kaepernick's face that debuted this week.

At the time, President Donald Trump lambasted Kaepernick, and the other players who followed suit, calling them "sons of b*tches" for their "disrespect" to the United States flag.

The NFL has not been on the side of the athlete in a polarizing debate over whether players should have the right to kneel on the field during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

"I watched Colin Kaepernick, and I thought it was bad, and then it got bigger and bigger and started mushrooming, and frankly the National Football League should have suspended him for one game, and he would have never done it again", Trump told Hannity, to cheers from a live audience watching the interview. He's now pursuing legal action against the league, arguing that team owners conspired to "blackball" him because of his social justice protests. The movement picked up traction on social media, where users shared videos of themselves engaging in such behaviors.

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Black Twitter was up in arms today over sports journalist Jason Whitlock's ludicrous remark on ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lucrative deal with Nike. "I've been buying you for the past 20 plus years, not anymore". Some have accused Kaepernick and players who followed in his footsteps as disrespecting the American flag and the military.

"Cutting swooshes out of your socks is a powerful statement that says I have too many pairs of socks", Kimmel said on Tuesday night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions".

Safety Malcolm Jenkins plans to continue protesting during the anthem with a raised fist this season.

LeBron James, Odell Beckham Jr, Shaquem Griffin, Lacey Baker and Serena Williams are also part of the Just Do It campaign. It doesn't make them less American. Last week, an arbitrator denied the NFL's request to dismiss Kaepernick's collusion complaint.



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