Over the weekend, Nike announced a multiyear agreement with Kaepernick including his own apparel line, video ads and billboards featuring his image, and a contribution to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's Know Your Rights charity.
Trump told Fox News on Thursday night that he found the option of staying in the locker room even "worse than kneeling in a certain way".
Without offering any evidence, Trump said in a twitter post that the sportswear company was "getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts". "But I'm not going to say [Kaepernick] hasn't sacrificed quite a bit. I honor our national anthem, and most of the people in our country feel the same way". Kaepernick said his stance was against social injustice and racial inequality in the U.S.
The 90-second ad showed a variety of athletes, including the Lakers' LeBron James and tennis star Serena Williams, and it ended with the slogan, "It's only insane until you do it". But many others chimed in with messages of support for Kaepernick.
In a prepared statement from the school, president Jerry C. Davis made clear to note the decision was a direct result of Nike's new ad. "But I think as far as sending a message, I think it's a bad message and a message that shouldn't be sent".
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He added that the author "never called me". "I think the president's probably got a lot of respect for the South, I hope so". Mr Wolff's book attracted attention with its vivid anecdotes but suffered from numerous factual inaccuracies.
Players say their message has been misconstrued into something against the American flag or the military. Pat Tillman. NFL STARTING, not benched, player who left to join the Army and died for it.
Colin Kaepernick's National Football League career was over before he got political, former professional basketball player Brock Gillespie says.
The painting features Kaepernick kneeling and the words, "Nike just did it".
But the league and union put that on hold after the Miami Dolphins faced backlash for classifying the protests as conduct potentially detrimental to the team - putting players at risk of fines or suspensions.