Former quarterback and noted social justice activist Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job in the NFL. If he gets one, however, he’ll have a significant endorsement deal waiting for him, according to AZ Central.
Mark King, president of Adidas’s North America division, said Kaepernick’s off-the-field activities make him a desirable brand representative and that Adidas would sign him if he got back in the NFL.
What’s the story?
King conducted a question-and-answer session at Arizona State University’s Global Sport Summit on Friday when the topic of Kaepernick came up. Here’s what he said:
We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place. If they’re an activist in a way that brings attention to something that moves the world forward, even if there’s controversy at that moment, we’re really interested in those athletes because I think it represents the world today.
We’re not in the business of activism; we’re in the business of sport. But allowing our athletes to tell their story, it’s really important to us.
If he signs on a team, we would definitely want to sign him.
King also said Adidas didn’t want to look like it was “taking advantage of this noise or interest [Kaepernick] had generated.”
Will Kaepernick get signed?
The Seattle Seahawks are the most recent team to show interest in Kaepernick, and ESPN reported that he was scheduled to work out for the team last week.
However, when Kaepernick reportedly refused to guarantee that he would not protest by kneeling during the national anthem next season, the workout was postponed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Seahawks could still eventually bring Kaepernick in for a tryout.
Kaepernick, a former Super Bowl quarterback who performed well during his last season with the San Francisco 49ers, has not had a tryout since becoming a free agent in 2016.
(H/T: The Hill)