Trump says he thinks the Nike deal with Colin Kaepernick is inappropriate

President Donald Trump says he does not think Nike's endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick is appropriate to criticize him repeatedly for kneeling during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump says he does not think Nike's endorsement agreement with Colin Kaepernick is appropriate.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Kaepernick and other NFL players after they began to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Nike this week introduced a sponsorship deal with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who also narrates a new announcement from & # 39; & # 39; do it alone & # 39; & # 39;

At his Montana rally on Thursday night, Trump responded to Nike's new announcement with Kaepernick.

"I do not like what Nike did, I do not think it's appropriate what they did," Trump said in a Fox News interview before the rally.

President Donald Trump says he does not think Nike's endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick is appropriate to criticize him repeatedly for kneeling during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump says he does not think Nike's endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick is appropriate to criticize him repeatedly for kneeling during the national anthem.

Nike this week introduced a sponsorship deal with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who also narrates a new announcement from & # 39; & # 39; do it alone & # 39; & # 39;

Nike this week introduced a sponsorship deal with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who also narrates a new announcement from & # 39; & # 39; do it alone & # 39; & # 39;

Nike this week introduced a sponsorship deal with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who also narrates a new announcement from & # 39; & # 39; do it alone & # 39; & # 39;

I honor the flag. I honor our national anthem and most people in this country feel the same. "

Trump's comments came just as the NFL opened its new season.

The Eagles players represented the national anthem, including regular protesters Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Bennett, before the season opener between Philadelphia and Atlanta.

No one protested visibly during the Star-Spangled Banner, despite the fact that on previous occasions he had knelt or stayed out of the field to protest social injustice and racial inequality.

They have been among the most vocal protesters since Kaepernick began similar demonstrations in 2016 kneeling during the anthem.

The anthem came just before Nike directed the new commercial featuring Kaepernick after he made the face of the campaign & # 39; Just Do It & # 39; of the 30th anniversary.

Jenkins stood with his teammates while Bennett roamed behind them near the Eagles' bench and adjusted his equipment.

No player of the Falcons was absent from the bench and none protested in the recent past.

All Eagles players represented the Star Spangled Banner on Thursday night, and two regular protesters choose not to kneel.

All Eagles players represented the Star Spangled Banner on Thursday night, and two regular protesters choose not to kneel.

All Eagles players represented the Star Spangled Banner on Thursday night, and two regular protesters choose not to kneel.

The anthem has been a particularly thorny issue for the NFL, especially with President Trump urging the owners to appeal or dismiss the players they demonstrate.

The Nike ad that highlights the former 49ers quarterback locked in a complaint with the league was issued during the first publicity break in the third quarter of the Eagles-Falcons game.

A person familiar with the situation said that Kaepernick was watching the first television broadcast of the ad on NBC at an event held at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

Still, some attendees posted accounts of the visit on social media, including the video of Kaepernick speaking to a crowd on Thursday several hours before the announcement was issued.

"You have to think beyond what you see around you," said Kaepernick, who has not spoken publicly to the media since he decided to give up his contract with San Francisco and become a free agent in 2017.

"You have to see the future in which you believe and what you want not only for yourself, but for all the people you see globally," he said.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel regularly during the anthem, and he appears in the photo on October 2, 2016, before a game in Santa Clara, California.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel regularly during the anthem, and he appears in the photo on October 2, 2016, before a game in Santa Clara, California.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel regularly during the anthem, and he appears in the photo on October 2, 2016, before a game in Santa Clara, California.

The Kaepernick agreement with Nike for the 30th anniversary of the campaign & # 39; Just Do It & # 39; It was the most polarizing theme in sports this week, which sparked a heated debate on several issues, including athletes protesting social injustice and Nike wading in political waters.

Some fans responded to the Kaepernick sponsorship deal by cutting or burning equipment with the distinctive Nike logo.

Others argued that Nike's violent reaction and calls for a boycott showed how the debate has transformed beyond how to react to athletes who try to highlight issues such as racial inequality and police shootings against unarmed minorities.

The players who have participated in the protests on their knees say that their message has been misinterpreted in something against the American flag or the army.

The league and the players union have not yet resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the anthem.

The owners approved a policy that requires players to stand up if they are on the bench during the anthem, allowing them to stay off the field if they wish.

But the league and the union left him in suspense after the Miami Dolphins faced violent reactions to classify the protests as potentially damaging behavior for the team, putting players at risk of fines or suspensions.

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