Colin Kaepernick, the American football star who started the “take a knee” national anthem protest against police brutality has been named as the new face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign for its 30th anniversary.
Kaepernick remains a free agent without a team at present, however, as the NFL appears reluctant to endorse his controversial gesture.
Mr Trump charges that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to American servicemen and women, as do many of his supporters. The White House has repeatedly attempted to rebrand the protest as a protest of the American flag instead of against police brutality and racism in the US.
NFL owners unanimously approved the new national anthem policy this week, requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the performance of the song. Players have the option to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they prefer. If a player or other employee of a team kneels or sits during the anthem, the teams themselves are fined. The teams then have the option to fine the individual players or personnel for the infraction.
Source : https://www.independent.co.uk