Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanThe CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Still in the game: Will Durham's report throw a slow curveball at key political players? MORE praised NFL player Colin Kaepernick on Monday, saying the athlete gave meaning to the Constitution by taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
“Colin Kaepernick drew our collective attention to the problem of continued racial injustice in America,” Brennan tweeted Monday night. “He did so not to disrespect our flag but to give meaning to the words of the preamble of our Constitution—‘in order to form a more perfect union.’ Well done, Colin, well done.”
Colin Kaepernick drew our collective attention to the problem of continued racial injustice in America. He did so not to disrespect our flag but to give meaning to the words of the preamble of our Constitution—“in order to form a more perfect union.” Well done, Colin, well done. https://t.co/4ALyUxLjM5— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) September 3, 2018
Brennan shared the tweet in response to news that Kaepernick had been tapped to be the new face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback became a free agent after kneeling during the 2016 NFL season. He has remained unsigned since then amid massive backlash.
Nike signed Kaepernick to an endorsement deal in 2011 and has maintained that contract since then, ESPN reported.
The player filed a grievance last year accusing league owners of colluding to keep him off a team, and an arbitrator ruled last week that his case will go to trial.
Critics who argue the protests are disrespectful to the American flag and veterans blasted Nike's announcement Monday that Kaepernick would be the face of its new ad campaign.
Country singer John Rich of the band Big and Rich posted a picture of his sound man cutting a pair of Nike socks in protest.
“Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks. Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions,” Rich wrote.
President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE has frequently attacked players who have kneeled in the roughly two years since Kaepernick started the movement.
The president suggested last month that players who protest during the national anthem should be suspended without pay.