A recent announcement by Mark King, the president of the North American division of the popular sportswear company Adidas, is likely to have Donald Trump’s blood boiling.
Donald Trump doesn’t care about police brutality and has even gone so far to say that he encourages it.
‘Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody—don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, O.K.?’
Trump also hinted to speaking to a unnamed but “really respected officer” that told him if police were given a free pass, meaning allowed to treat people more violently, that Chicago’s crime problem would be resolved in “a couple of days.”
The president has also attacked people who stand up against police brutality, like the NFL players who followed the example set by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the National Anthem before games to protest police brutality and the way black people are treated by law enforcement in the United States.
It’s no secret that Kaepernick has borne the brunt of the backlash for his silent, peaceful act of protest, but his courage has also been recognized by others. Popular sportswear company Adidas is now taking their recognition a step further, by trying to get Kaepernick signed to an NFL team once again.
AZ Central reports that during a Q & A session, Adidas North American division president Mark King said:
‘We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place.’
King said that he doesn’t want anyone getting the impression that the reason they’re eager to sign Kaepernick to an endorsement deal has anything to do with the attention his activism has gotten him.
‘If he signs on a team, we would definitely want to sign him.’
Although King insisted that the company wasn’t in the business of activism, they are eager to support Kaepernick in the future and his activism wouldn’t change that.
‘If they’re an activist in a way that brings attention to something that moves the world forward, even if there’s a controversy at the moment, we’re really interested in those athletes because I think it represents the world today.’
Trump has attacked Colin Kaepernick in the past, while he spoke to a crowd in Alabama, saying:
‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of those NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag to say, “Get that son of a bi**h off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’
Trump’s ire towards black athletes has not been limited to Kaepernick. Trump tweeted that Stephen Curry, who announced he would not be going to the White House despite the invitation, was no longer invited. Curry announced his decision before Donald Trump disinvited him, in a bizarre “one-up” manner.
Below are some of the top responses to Adidas announcing their eagerness to sign an endorsement deal with Kaepernick when he gets picked up by an NFL team from Twitter users:
Trump, who tried to take credit for Kaepernick’s current status of not being signed to an NFL team, said that the reason no one would sign Kaepernick is because they didn’t want backlash from the president in the form of a tweet.
‘They don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that?’
After that comment Trump told the crowd he was speaking to in Kentucky that he chose to share that little tidbit of information with “the people of Kentucky, because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”
Trump has unsuccessfully tried to make it seem like people who don’t stand during the National Anthem hate America and are blatantly disrespecting members of the United States armed forces, refusing to acknowledge the real reason for the protest.
Below is a video from ESPN:
Most recently, Kaepernick shared a photo on his Twitter account with a quote from Jackie Robinson, who also protested the National Anthem.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 16, 2018
You can see some of the top responses to that quote and image in the Tweets below:
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