Colin Kaerpernick

Adidas has expressed interest in signing unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to an endorsement deal. But there’s a catch: a NFL team has to sign him first.

Kaepernick ran afoul of NFL owners with his ongoing national anthem protests.

“If he signs on a team, we would definitely want to sign him,” Adidas North American President Mark King told the Arizona Republic.

Kaepernick found himself unemployed after he left his former team, the San Francisco 49ers.



A planned meeting with the Seattle Seahawks fell through when Kaepernick’s rep told the team he would not stop protesting.

The Seahawks quickly announced they had signed another quarterback with lesser skills than Kaepernick.

Adidas said protests are not a problem — as long as the protesting athlete is gainfully employed by a NFL team.

“We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place,” King told the Republic. “We’re not in the business of activism, we’re in the business of sport,” King added. “But allowing our athletes to tell their story, it’s really important to us.”

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith criticized Kaepernick for comparing himself to baseball icon Jackie Robinson.

Kaepernick tweeted a quote from Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

“I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world,” the Hall of Fame Dodger states in the book,” Kaepernick tweeted.

Smith did not hold back his rage at Kaepernick: “We’re going to put a stop to all of this stuff for those out there that try to martyr [Kaepernick] to the point where you think for one second that he needs to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jackie Robinson,” Smith said during Monday’s episode of ESPN’s First Take. “You better pump them damn brakes. I’m not going to tolerate it.”

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images


  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I can’t believe the NFL is not signing him over this. It’s crazy

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Why not just sign a deal with the man. What’s up with all of the “they have do something with him before we do something with him” talk? Doesn’t sound sincere at all.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ha,ha,ha!!
    Adidas ain’t right.
    They know the catch 22 with Colin.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Y would they sign a player that isn’t with a team tho?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    All those criminals that Jerry Jones would sign and Colin still can’t get a job after silently protesting? Amazing.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    sas also compared Kap to trump in the same segment…AND said something about the 2 (Kap and trump) don’t compare or something crazy. I couldn’t bring myself to rewind to hear exactly what he said because the whole rant was stupid. Max Kellerman’s facial expression was priceless.

  • Quitedeliteful

    ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is a real suck-up! He’s another member of the Moteesa Tribe — you know, shucking and jiving while asking ole massa
    Mo’ Tea Suh???

  • SaltineCrackers

    According to a YouTube psychic he’s going to get signed again.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Adidas doesn’t have to wait until he is with a team to sign Kap. I bet millions would buy his sneakers just to show him love and support — I would — and I don’t even wear sneakers that much…

  • Quitedeliteful

    Whose the psychic? I want to check them out…

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I hope everything works out for him

  • Renee26

    Right….they know that man isn’t getting signed

  • Renee26

    He’s still famous

  • Renee26

    Welcome to the good ol boys club

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Lol i like that

  • XoXo

    For sure! Ima call the prayer warriors.

  • klwbaby

    If Adidas truly wanted to sign Kap, then they would.

  • dontgetblocked

    He’s not getting signed because he’s just not that good. There are younger, better athletes not attached to controversy.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL.

    If you followed football worse quarterbacks than Kaepernick have been signed over the past two seasons.

  • Faux Gibbler

    But Kap isn’t that good.

  • FukkFolks2018

    where ya AT Nike. Yall got folks who aint playing not shit now…just like HIM… and THEY STILL get a check from yall. YALL should sign him. Dont continue to be an asshole Nike.

    Yall JUST had lil Suk Dat Dik sewing yall shoes together for 5 cent every other week.

    Do the right thing for once.

  • Meme

    Hahahaha lol oh my goodness hilarious “moteesa tribe”

  • Meme

    Yeah it’s like giving someone a delicious bowl of soup and then telling them to tuck in with a fork Addiddas are azz woles

  • ?Royalty?

    ???

    Kap, things will get better and they will be even better than before. ??????

  • Meme

    boycott the NFL boycott addidas

  • Meme

    Amen

  • Dowoop

    For the same reason they sign Kanye West! What team he play for? All athletic shoe companies sign people who don’t play…

  • puppylove

    Square up. Im sick of you.

  • ?Royalty?

    ESPN did a report and apparently Kaps scores are better than some other players currently in the league right now.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    U right! I didn’t think about that.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Yea he is

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Right

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I feel like this has been dragging on for years at this point. The NFL wants to break him, similar to a wild horse, in order to make an example out of him.

    I hope he stays strong and is rewarded for his steadfastness. I’m sick of these white folks. Period.

  • 88

    Still not hired Yet negroes will still be watching games, buying tickets, shoes, jerseys and watching ESPN smdh

  • FukkFolks2018

    Its true. Want to short the kids and pay folks for years who are retired etc from sports. Well then balance it all out. Pay this man regardless if he signed or not…. and then go and get Suk and her family out of child labor woes. It can be done Nike.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Sometimes, when you stop chasing what you want, get what you need. Maybe he’s chasing a dream that really isn’t his. This is precisely the reason you need a plan a, b, c, d, etc., etc.

  • Elevated Soul

    As usual you are one of the FEW here that keeps it real….

    The NFL is a business that does not need distractions. Kaepernick is a distraction because of his (SJW) politics.

    Many Blacks with the mindsets you see here, have the “entitlement mentality” just as Kaepernick has. he is an average quarterback at best.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Shut up

  • bella28498 .

    Exactly

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Thank u!

  • Scromes1212

    Playing in the NFL again is probably not gonna happen for Kap. But taking the stand he took will keep him in the spotlight and he will have plenty opportunities to do great things in the future. He overplayed his hand in the NFL but you live and you learn

  • NeverSurprised

    Absolutely. They think someone OWES Kaepernick a job. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    If they want to hire based on race, let Diddy find a consortium of blacks, buy a team and give him a job. Then they can all lose money together.

  • dontgetblocked

    He might have lasted a couple more years before getting cut. I can’t bring politics to work and neither can he. You end up unemployed.

  • dontgetblocked

    But they do their jobs and avoid controversy.

  • NeverSurprised

    Kanye had a built in fan base that could be quantified based on record/cd sales, concert ticket sales. etc. That gave them the ability to calculate potential merchandise sales.

    With Kaepernick, there is no way to calculate potential sales because he is a polarizing figure. Without team association, they have no way of knowing if there will be enough sales to justify their investment. If no team in the league thinks they can make money by associating with him, why would Adidas think any differently?

  • Elevated Soul

    Exactly no one owes him a d@mn thing. The owners are the one that set the rules for their teams.Many of these zombies are completely beyond dumb.

    You got fools up here talking about “praying for him to get a job”. Now Colin is a millionaire and they are praying for him,meanwhile those prayers don’t go out to people they actually know who NEED a job…..These sheeple are not logical.

    Your job is not the place for your politics unless you’re some sort of Geo-political analyst…

  • Elevated Soul

    You STFU!….Most of the time,I ignore your dumb azzzzzzzzzzzz but this time I will give you the attention you CRAVE from me…

    You’re preoccupied with EVERYTHING I write. I NEVER respond to you just as I don’t respond to many of you zombies here and yet you still don’t get the hint.You don’t dictate a d@mn thing here.I won’t allow you or any weaklings here run me off from this site because you can’t deal with Blacks having their own views.Go seek solace with other weaklings here,for “likes” because that is exactly what you do…

    My comments are for smart thinking people on my “elevated” level and there are but a few on this site that overstand what I say…..I don’t have time to entertain simpletons and basic bishes like you.

    You are now back on nygggnore………..Nuff said

  • SaltineCrackers
  • Vonn

    Lil suk dat dik…I wish I could punt you out of here. Lol. I have true tears over this.

  • Jay Dott

    I can name at least 20 to 30 qbs playing now… (starter or back-up) that Kap is better than now…starting with my home town Jax jaguars…smh

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I thought conservatives believed that the most qualified people should be hired.

    BTW controversy is subjective.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You don’t think the decline in NFL viewership and attendance was partially due to Kaepernick supporters boycotting?

  • Yoni7

    Why all the restraints, stipulations and jumping through hoops to get it done? Why not just sign him like you would any ole other Adidas “model” on the street. Either you want him or you don’t. Don’t fukkin dangle a carrot in front of his face with poison on the tip. UGH!

    I hope the Bengals sign him. They don’t have shit else going for’em.

  • Yoni7

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FACTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yoni7

    What you say….they got the coints to do both!

  • Kemi

    I wish Kap the best in whatever venue or venture he finds himself. The nagging problem for me is, how much censorship power does the NFL have over its players? It appears that the NFL is in support of the suppression of free speech.

    Kap stood up for a cause, that’s currently costing him his livelihood. To me, ppl participating in a peaceful protest represent
    the quintessential American. Adidas have the power to sign him w/o an obligation to the NFL.

  • justlooking

    Why did I lip that, whisper then say out loud

    Sup Dat Dik

    Fukfolks2018

    Fu????????????????????????????????????????

    Wall slides

  • Kemi

    I agree with you.. he’s ranked 25 as a quarterback in the NFL. The support or outrage surrounding his career is geared towards his stance. I don’t think he’s that efficient as a qb. But I admire his bravery.

  • DETROITTOATL

    I am just proud of the fact that he is not letting the NFL control he and he is standing for what he believes in. #TEAMKAP

  • DETROITTOATL

    OKKK

  • Kemi

    He’s a sacrificial lamb for the NFL. I couldn’t agree more with your statement.

  • Blue

    Oh good. I should be getting an endorsement deal soon too then.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I hope Kap’s been saving and investing his money wisely. There’s a good chance he’ll never play another NFL game again, which would be unfortunate since he’s still got a few years of good football left in him.

  • sunni_daze

    I hope everything works out for Collin.

  • Tiff J

    Hopefully he will win his case against the NFL, or they will just give him a settlement to “go away.” I wouldn’t surprise me if he took that money and out it all into his foundation.

  • NeverSurprised

    He can protest anything he wants, just not while WORKING. This has nothing to do with free speech, which only applies to the GOVERNMENT’s attempt to regulate speech.

    Any PRIVATE EMPLOYER has the right to set rules and regulations covering an employee’s conduct on the job. If YOU decide you will make a “political statement” against police brutality by coming to work three hours late each day, can you do so? Of course not, because your EMPLOYER sets the rules regarding your arrival time, just as Kaepernick’s employer sets the rules regarding conduct on the field.

    It is no more complicated than that.

  • SpillyNillie

    Hold your head Colin…God’s Plan

  • SpillyNillie

    Exactly…much like a slave in a sweat box….

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Shut up

  • Libra80sBaby

    A damn shame this country…there is NO reason this man should have to go through this BS.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Why does he need to be with a team to get signed? Adidas is full of shit.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You’re an idiot

  • Shawty

    I hope he gets signed. They did him wrong.

  • bella28498 .

    Kaepernick net worth is 61 million he doesn’t have to compromise his values and beliefs for the NFL and Adidas! Smh I hope he stick to his guns.

  • Kemi

    Back at you!! So immature with the name calling fr fr !!I’m distinguishing Kap the man from the player. He’s not the best qb in the NFL. He’s not bad either. He’s ranked 25th so how does that make him efficient? You can take a look at his performances. Not saying he shouldn’t have maintained his job in the NFL cos there are a lot of players that are worse than him.

    Kap the man is admirable for his stance on racism. Which I’m truly proud of.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Oh he will. Last week the Seahawks canceled his try-out because he told them that he would continue to kneel

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    tsk tsk…smh Adidas

  • bella28498 .

    He has enough money, he doesn’t need to kneel.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Well he isn’t taking a knee because of money…

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    You have made my morning…Thank you

  • NeverSurprised

    You’re so eloquent.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Kap is another Russ Wilson. He was also drafted by MLB (Cubs) and has a degree. He also has frat ties. He will be more than okay.

  • NeverSurprised

    His net worth is NOT $61 mil. He only received $39 mil. under his contract.

    “The contract gave Kaepernick a $12.3 million signing bonus and a 2014 salary of just $645,000. Those were the only truly guaranteed portions of the contract, despite reports that Kaepernick’s deal included a record $61 million in “guaranteed” money. It turned out the $61 million was only guaranteed if he were to suffer a career-ending injury.

    Each year of the contract after the first, the 49ers were free to cut Kaepernick and not owe him any more money.”

    “In the end, Kaepernick received $39.4 million from the deal, or about 31% of the total most people touted.”

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/colin-kaepernick-record-49ers-contract-2017-

    Now, deduct agent’s fee, manager’s fee, attorney’s fee, fed, state and local tax from the $39 mil, then deduct home, cars and athlete’s lifestyle, and I doubt he has more than $5 to $10 mil in liquid assets left. Unless he invested every dime of his money wisely (and how many athletes do THAT??) he needs a job to maintain his lifestyle.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Thanks!!!

  • Pebbles

    ????? Who knows he maybe one of the intelligent ones who invested

  • Pebbles

    If I were a team owner.. I would sign him just to call adidas bluff

  • Dowoop

    He will still be a polarizing figure even if he is signed. He has made it clear that he will NOT stop protesting and he does have an fan base that can be quantified by jersey sales. Any polling which they will do before dropping merchandise would show that people would support.

  • TOO REAL

    Adidas is full of shit.

  • TOO REAL

    They will only sign him if they can do what owners do to players, use him. Adidas just wants to ride anyone’s coat tail. GROW A PAIR ADIDAS. Adidas did better stfu

  • FukkFolks2018

    and how many athletes do THAT??)
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Hopefully the ones with biz mgmt degrees and investment sense. He sold his house in Cali at a huge profit and stated that “investment” was the reason why. And ones who have taken the GRE for grad school. I think he will be fine.

  • Trace da Ace

    I hope he gets signed….damn shame

  • Blak

    Why doesn’t he just sit on his millions and be a full time activist instead of an unemployable twitter activist?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    You must have watched Posse lately with that “Mo Tea” line.

  • Quitedeliteful

    No… What is kind of show is Posse? Actually I heard this from a friend about 15 years ago. Maybe he saw Posse…

  • grenadiadrian

    Then he can join Derrick Rose and RG3 as another Adidas endorsed athlete who had one hot season and fell off epically.

  • datjerk

    Why not give him a deal rn?

  • Bossy704

    Ain’t nobody signing Colin. He is NFL poison. He needs to focus on his activist work because that is his true calling. We ain’t mad. He is better than being chattle to that game. He an make his own brand of clothing. He doesn’t need Adidas.

  • TheOwley

    Colin wants to continue kneeling. He’s made that clear, so no NFL job. But why hang the deal on that. I’m sure his fans will buy the shoes.

  • TheOwley

    He can rent a stadium and have people come in, play the anthem, call camera crews and kneel all he wants.

  • TrollingStoned

    That’s like when I was young and my mom would tell me I could go out with my friends if I did a bunch of sh*t around the house because she knew I wouldn’t ????? I love Colin but I think his NFL days are over & it’s time for him to accept that and adidas can suck a ?

  • holmesa925

    BEST. COMMENT.EVER.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Agree. But his GF is the one who is behind this all.

  • Kemi

    You’re so right but ppl want to be blind to the fact..

  • Simone

    Quit with all the teasing of what you will do for Colin if he is signed by the NFL. Just level up and do it anyway with out the hire.