Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick has filed paperwork to trademark a B&W digital image of his face and distinctive afro hairstyle.

According to the trademark office, the quarterback-turned-activist will use the image on promotional products.

The documents obtained by the Daily Mail UK shows Kaepernick's company will secure the rights to the rendering for use to promote things like t-shirts, calendars, toys, classes and seminars, as well as TV and movies.

The image is also being used in Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign ads.

Kaepernick has had trouble finding work with NFL tams after he refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem prior to NFL games in 2016.

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the teams colluded to blacklist him.

The NFL's request to dismiss Kaepernick's grievance was declined in August. A hearing on the grievance will be held soon.

  • Phillybruh

    As he should!

  • Truth Or Die

    Human Nike asset...

  • Blue

    wow

  • Trace da Ace

    Oh he good...I'm sure them Nike checks aint pennies.....#GoColin!

  • ohdearme

    Smart move, I'm surprised it took him this long. May he prevail in his lawsuit because it's clear the NFL and certain owners are lying through their teeth!

  • Django the God
  • Marlika

    Good for him!

  • What???

    This guy has some serious racial identity issues.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Good.

  • Rainbowbelow

    Why do u feel that way?

  • SpiceGirl

    How so??

  • SpiceGirl

    Good for him.....Team Kaep

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Ignore trolls.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Ignore the trolls.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Kap has a degree in biz mgmt with a minor in marketing and graduated from UNevada-Reno with a 4.0 average. Of course he is trademarking his face and likeness. Go Kap!

  • FukkFolks2018

    No he doesn't. He is a black man in America. His words. Seems clear to me

  • Django the God
  • Django the God
  • Elevated Soul

    So a half White cat is going to trademark a a photo of a hairstyle that's been around since the 60's?....This dude is getting paid big time because of the "Black power mantra".....LMAO!

    #YouCanNotMakeThisShytUp!

  • TransMichelle

    KaeperDick is a clown. He grew up with a white family in privilege he knows nothing about the struggle of black people. When he started this mess with the NFL he was sitting on the sidelines getting ready to be put to pasture.

  • TransMichelle

    KaeperDick thinks he's a Malcom X or something. He's done nothing but dam near make so that NFL football players don't have a job. Black people are being played as usual.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    GOODT! Take a page out their book Kap!!!!!!!

  • PhillyFacts

    It's not his fault he's mixed; maybe he didn't grow up in "the struggle" however he learned real darn quick what "black people" struggle was and what his "one drop" meant and embraced it. He's been a warrior in a fight that is his own, and ours as a people because of his "one drop". Lets be clear his fight is the "black people" struggle that one drop has him feeling the struggle we go through on a daily basis.

  • SpiceGirl

    Will do....

  • Yoni7

    I wouldn't go as far as to call the hairstyle HIS own distinction....but trademark yo image all day.

  • SummerBaby

    I like this idea! Good for him.

  • What???

    Exactly. How is kneeling during a game gonna stop “police brutality?”. The whole thing doesn’t make any sense. The NFL has nothing to do with law enforcement. He needs to deal with his biological father and go into counseling or some shyt.

  • Yoni7

    Even IF you feel he was in a privileged family. At least he is using his "privilege" to speak out against the injustices of people who are not like him. He takes the meaning of "I feel you." literally. What's wrong with that?

  • TransMichelle

    LOL Yep

  • hottlanta

    Go kap go. Dayum shame all some folks wanna do is wake up n c u jobless homeless n suffering. They would have been happy as hell 2 c u at Trader Joe's instead of Jeffrey owens. They would have made all kinds of t-shirts out of that photo. Black almost went 2 jail bcas he was babysitting 2 white kids.

  • TransMichelle

    KaeperDick don't know diddly squat. He grew up with a well to do white family. He's jumping on the "black people are victims" bandwagon. He's no Malcom X or Marcus Garvey. KaeperDick didn't learn a dam thing but to use the black people's struggle to make himself look important.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Hell yea!!!that's exactly wut hes doin

  • TransMichelle

    He's not using his privilege to speak out on a dam thing. He's a chameleon. You actually falling for this gimmick. He's a poser. He was supposed to be about brutality against black people but the Nike commercial backing KaeperDick had NO mention of brutality against black people. KaeperDick need to go find his daddy that's what he needs to do.

  • Ryan

    Smart.

  • TransMichelle

    Yep that's it. Black folks been wearing Afros since before his azz was born. KaeperDick grew up in a white well to do family. He don't know anything about the black struggle. He need to go find his black daddy.

  • Yoni7

    KaeperDick need to go find his daddy that's what he needs to do.
    _________________
    You sound mad, son. Projection much? Afterall, you do go by TRANSmicHELLe. But ok.

  • SpiceGirl

    So what are YOU doing for the struggle of POC????

  • FukkFolks2018

    I cannot see this person you talking to but I agree a THOUSAND PERCENT. And his white adoptive family is PROUD as HELL of him. What is the issue?

  • GAPeach

    He's done nothing but dam near make so that NFL football players don't have a job.
    ------------------------------
    How has he done this? The last time I checked, they are still playing Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. Please don't say viewership. It was down prior to this, and at the end of the day, no one is going to stop watching the game just because you don't like people taking a knee.

  • Kayke

    That’s whats wrong with some black folks.... as long as there’s a paycheck they can treat you however they want.

  • MsPam
  • Yoni7

    TransMichelle ....then the thang had the nerve to say Kap needs to go find his daddy. LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • FukkFolks2018

    Oh crap that stupid ass? Yeah they are blockedt.

    Kap cant find his bio daddy bc his hoe ass bio white mammy wont reveal him last EYE heard. Or maybe she herself DOES NOT KNOW.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Oh crap that stupid ass? Yeah they are blockedt.

    Kap cant find his bio daddy bc his hoe ass bio white mammy wont reveal him last EYE heard. Or maybe she herself DOES NOT KNOW.

  • FukkFolks2018

    See below. I aint got the head space on TODAY

  • FukkFolks2018

    See below. I aint got the head space on TODAY

  • Yoni7

    I'm done, sis. You know I don't give too much energy to things that are not of me. Eye sed whut eye sed. LOL

  • Yoni7

    I'm done, sis. You know I don't give too much energy to things that are not of me. Eye sed whut eye sed. LOL

  • Renee26

    As he should unless someone else manually designed it.

  • Renee26

    Chile that one had to be turned into a ghost today... They been trippin all day

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Exactly, how is this biracial going to trademark something that full black people had been wearing for generations prior?
    Black folks are being played.

  • Renee26

    Damn he looks good... I wanna see him step and tap that cane ?

  • Yoni7

    I've only seen a few posts of it's today. But I tend to skip over that one in general, because it IS always so hateful and gloom doom.

  • FukkFolks2018

    +1. Goes to YouTube

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yew dun gave them Trolls on the Stroll waaay to murch of your energy. ...Cease...yew cannot combat ignorance

  • SpiceGirl

    IKTR...and I was all here for it....lol

  • Yoni7

    Nope. Can't do it. I don't have energy or time to allocate to things of THAT nature. LOL

  • Dowoop

    I hope he takes them to the cleaners for a lot more than they would have had to pay him if they had just fired him.

  • Dowoop

    Except for a few select morons.

  • Dowoop

    Three morons all on one thread..hes not trying to trademark the afro.

  • Dowoop

    Because its a brand commercial not a civil rights commercial.

  • SpiceGirl

    Oh I feel you...im at the end of my work day and I just lost a bit of energy from that.....smh

  • PhillyFacts

    Nonsense....The media made him "look important".

  • TransMichelle

    He's trying to trademark his so-called look which includes an afro not cornrows. He's a clown plain and simple.

  • Dowoop

    Ronald McDonald is a clown with an afro and his looks are trademarked.

  • PhillyFacts

    Not a darn thing some folks are just angry.....

  • what?why

    Go ahead - no one wants it.

  • TransMichelle

    No it's supposed to be about KaeperDick and his cause. Get a clue

  • dru and neil

    I wouldn’t go as far as to call him a black man in America, that takes away from actual black men in America who live through the actual struggle, but he is trying to make a positive impact as a person of color, with influence.

  • Dun Dilly

    I guess ...

  • TransMichelle

    I go by TransMichelleObama you got a problem with that go talk to the poser Odumba the illegal x-president.. And why should I be mad? You sound dumb following behind white liberals. You should be worried.

  • TransMichelle

    No you think he's important and you cheering this fake nicca.

  • TransMichelle

    Trying to open the eye of brainwashed azz kissing white liberal lovers like you.

  • dru and neil

    He’s an ally to the black community at the very least and he’s trying to make a positive impact. But you’re right, he’s not a “black man” really, and I’m willing to bet if he were, Nike would not be endorsing him without a job, and all this controversy following him. He’s had a privileged life, he will continue to live a privileged life, yes.

  • PhillyFacts

    It's called a silent nonviolent, disassociated protest; he nonviolently protested against police brutality by disassociated himself with that racist arse anthem.

  • dontgetblocked

    I can pull a million images from the 70s that look similar. Kneeling was one of the stupidest things he could have done. He will NEVER play in the NFL again.

  • TransMichelle

    McDonald's use of 'Mc' or 'Mac' is trademarked for foodstuffs and beverages. Ronald McDonald is just like KaeperDick a clown. Thanks for the comparison. Anyone can imitate the McDonald's clown just like KaeperDick is imitating black folks.

  • SpiceGirl

    Nice try! Wrong One boo

  • TransMichelle

    KaeperDick is making the NFL into a charade purposely. His azz was on the sidelines before he got the bright idea to kneel for the anthem because he knows how to get attention and take advantage of black folks. Like everybody else I might add. KaeperDick is a poser, a fake, a clown. He comes from a well to do white family and his azz ain't struggled a day in his life. The black struggle my azz.

  • TransMichelle

    He's not an ally to the black community, He's a chameleon a poser. KaeperDick can't even carry on an intelligent debate that's why you never see him on programs that would challenge his stupid actions. He's a puppet. He has people around him because he can't speak. He's not brilliant whatsoever. Someone down with the black cause was Malcom X. Even Ali was more down with the cause. KaeperDick is a punk azz poser.

  • TransMichelle

    Apparently you one of the stupid ones. Move on

  • What???

    Tell all your friends and family to do that special protest at work and see if they have respect for you the next day. He works for the team and has responsibilities during work hours. He expects to get paid for politics in the workplace. You never saw him protest in the street until AFTER he was unwanted in the NFL? Black people will justify anything to find a way to blame white people. Black people are some envious azz people.

  • What???

    100

  • TransMichelle

    AMEN. Black folks some of the most racist people in the world.

  • dru and neil

    Things may have a corporate influence now, but in the beginning his efforts appeared grassroots. Also. I wouldn’t expect him to be able to carry a debate, he’s a football player, and few athletes are Ali when it comes to activism, I’m not even holding him to that standard because he can’t meet it. He probably never thought this thing would get this big and since the NFL career is over, this is what he has going on now permanently.

  • PhillyFacts

    "envious azz people"..........of whom may I ask we created everything you have so your ungrateful arse can live comfortably today... "find a way to blame white people"..... who stole every patent from here to South Deep this one is over ya head..... I'm done responding to you and your Tranny alter ego. Blessing!

  • TransMichelle

    So you admit he's a poser. Good

  • dru and neil

    Do you have more than one profile on here? You sound just like someone I was replying to the other day.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Yessss

  • Quitedeliteful

    Good for him! He should definitely own the rights to his own likeness.

  • SeannaPaula

    I would;nt care if he was Lily white and grew up in disney land, he is down for the cause, his action and his willingness to loss income and possible get harrassed and intimidated by the opposition speaks for itself. Malcom X and Mohamid Ali is dead while the inequalities and the struggle lives on.

  • SeannaPaula

    So what if he's a poser, why are you trying so desperately to discredit him,are you risking your life and lively-hood for any cause. So What if he is not
    100% black does it make a difference is the US of A in a traffic stop or otherwise, do u see a box to check on any application that says half and half, NO one cares about skin color as long as you can take a stand for human rights, or against any form of social injustice.

  • SeannaPaula

    Nike is not a civil rights organization, they are a business so they dont have to talk about social injustice. However at this point in time Kap reputation proceeds and even with this knowledge Nike is willing to form an alliance with him to provide him with the basic human dignities that the NFL tried to deny him, such as a roof over his head, etc,. As we all know money talks and bullshyt walks so the fact that they provide him with this oppurtunity speaks volume about what and whom they support.

  • SeannaPaula

    First off for him to challenge the status quo any organization much less one so visible that alone make him a champion in my book. Much less to put his life in line, there is nothing cowardice or phony fake about that, we all know millions a people watch sports including the ones who are legally willing and able to make is life a living nightmare, so please try something else beside the fake and coward talk, please come with something factual

  • TransMichelle

    You simple minded that's your problem Go have a seat

  • Waya Hedia

    He should start a chocolate chip cookie company with that look.

  • TransMichelle

    He's not down for the cause and the nicca had already lost before he started the protest. He was sitting on the sidelines. His career was already over. KaeperDick is part of the problem not the solution. He's accomplishing nothing but increasing his bank balance.

  • Waya Hedia

    Actually, it has been around since the beginning of time.

  • TransMichelle

    No one's desperate to discredit him he's done that to himself. People talking about him being "down with the black struggle" yet that nicca ain't never struggled. You talking about no one cares about skin color yet you racist against people with white skin. They do have a box for "other." Child you all confused. You're head is spinning around with white liberalism. Take a seat
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/902f542674906b5542503dde0b3af531f25222b66c6f7afaa46d46206408d414.gif

  • TransMichelle

    You sound like the majority of idiots on this site. Do you have more than one account? Take a seat

  • TransMichelle

    NFL didn't try to deny that nicca KaeperDick anything. He brought everything on himself by trying to ruin an organization that was paying him money to keep a roof over his head. He was being put out to pasture anyway and needed to find a way to try and stay relevant. His so-called cause is bullshyt. He's a poser, a fake. I see the media has tried to keep KaeperDick's sexual assualt quiet too. Nike supports chaos that's what they support. They don't care anything about any black cause. Has Nike given money to black causes? I know they've given money to Republicans. Child Bye

  • SeannaPaula

    I see someone desparately trying to destroy another black man's credibility, if there was any serious charge of sexual assault believe you me, the white owned and run media would have been used it to destroy this man already, as powerful and influential as this man has become in such a short span of time You sound J. Edgar Hoover stupid, just because someone say it or print it does'nt always mean it true

  • SeannaPaula

    First off don't nobody want no hand out, 9 out of 10 times those come with terms and conditions,, so along as Nike make it feasibe for people to get a job, am fine with that, like they did with Kap, and unlike NFL who denied him one, you got it. good.

  • Judge Mental Will

    Hey Kaepernick ?? I'll kneel for you ??

  • dru and neil

    Now I know you’re who I think you are. Indignant, pompous, know-it-all resorting to name calling as a last resort...honey you ain’t sh*t and you don’t even know it.

  • FukkFolks2018

    He was still getting checks from Nike through all of this. They never dropped him. Ever. Since 2011-2012

  • Malcom Flex

    The irony is hes not black he's mixed, white mom.

  • FukkFolks2018
  • FukkFolks2018

    He identifies since a child as a black person. He even pledged Kappa. He chooses to wear an afro. He dates other. Why can't he embrace being black??. Rachael and some others who have no right to claim it...claim it. He has more right than they do. Who is anyone to tell him different. We stay inviting folks to cookout. Then one who actually belongs there, we turn away. Why?

  • SeannaPaula

    You know its clear to me you are an apartheid, no further clarification or buffoonery images necessary .

  • dru and neil

    Well hold on now, he can embrace his black side, he can come to the cookout, he can fight for black causes, he’s still biracial, mixed race and I am not one of those blacks who believes in the one drop rule. But he’s cool. I don’t dislike him, I just don’t see him as a black man, he’s mixed, no big deal. To be honest if not for his Afro textured hair he would barely even look black, he looks looks like a white Jewish guy.

  • dru and neil

    Sorry didn’t follow him prior to his protesting days, I hope Nike would have stayed this supportive for all their athletes during all of this..

  • PhillyFacts

    Bahahaha too cute!

  • Lovey

    He is black!

  • Lovey

    Go Kap and always stand up for what you believe no matter what they make of it.

  • TransMichelle

    That's what I'm talkin about! As if people around the world want to use his image. It's a shame how people's egos are fueled today with stupidity. This man really believes the hype. I feel sorry for him when his 15 minutes are up.

  • TransMichelle

    Like I wrote: Take a seat.

  • TransMichelle

    Take a seat clown your words have no meaning except to yourself which shows what a moron you are.

  • TransMichelle

    Child be quiet. You have no idea what's going on.
    Here's information on KaeperDick's sexual assault case: https://eu.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/niners/2014/04/10/colin-kaepernick-investigation/7550297/
    https://247sports.com/nfl/new-england-patriots/Board/103152/Contents/OT-Kaepernick-Investigated-for-alleged-sexual-assault--70711957/
    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1962654.html

    You feeble minded niccas don't do your research and just jump on the bandwagon of anybody with a skin color similar to yours. Dummies

  • SpiceGirl

    How about you follow your OWN advice on that? M'kay

  • TransMichelle

    How about you be original and stop being a follower. Brainwashed by the white liberal moron

  • SpiceGirl

    How about......you say SOMETHING different? You KEEP saying the SAME DAMN thing....gee wiz! Like your original <-------------pahhahahahahahahah LMMFAO

  • SpiceGirl

    Love it!! lol

  • Yoni7

    If he was so-called illegal, HOW did he stay in office for TWO terms? IDK why YOU'RE so mad. You might need to sort that out with your therapist. You sound dumb, period. No worries, boo. NONE, trust me.

  • Yoni7

    For absolutely NO REASON at all!

  • Dainese

    People are already using his image. That's why he did this.

  • Dainese

    Chile! ???? Reading these comments like.. am I on drugs?

  • Reenaface

    Trademark aside, I wonder if he was Wesley Snipes black with the same afro, would his message still be as effective??

  • Michelle

    You’re so d@mn slow you don’t even understand what he is doing. It’s the same thing a business does to keep people from bootlegging and profiting from their name. At this point he is a business. You can’t start a clothing company and put the Nike logo on your clothes and sell them under your business name. It’s the same for what he is doing. His face is his business logo and he has to trademark it to keep others from selling his logo on their merchandise. Go to school you foolish asf

  • kekeb

    I have so much respect for this man standing up while not being bullied into standing up.

  • kekeb

    Right on!!