Over the weekend, the focus of NFL games was more about politics than about football. After President Trump said that players who protest should be fired, dozens of the athletes retaliated and participated in national anthem protests.
News has been emerging about players getting fired from their other jobs, the potential of losing state funding as a league, and how several people have pulled their support from the NFL. On the other side, many people have been showing their support for the protests, including several big-name athletes. Now, the world is wondering how sponsors and the league as a whole will respond.
While many onlookers have given their opinion, no official NFL sponsor made a statement about the protests. Until now.
Nike just released an official statement about the protests. While they did not directly state their opinion, they clearly gave permission for the protests to take place.
They said, "Nike supports athletes and their right to freedom of expression on issues that are of great importance to our society."
After their statement, several people took to Twitter to voice their disapproval.
So far, no other NFL official sponsors have spoken out. Other sponsors include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bose, Barclays, Bridgestone, Campbell's, Castrol, Dannon, DMI, EA Sports, Extreme Networks, FedEx, Ford, Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Hyundai, Intel, Marriott, Mars, McDonald's, Microsoft, Nationwide, New Era, News America, Nike, Papa John's, PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, Quaker, Sirius XM, Ticketmaster, Under Armour, USAA, Verizon, Visa, and Zebra.
Last season, the NFL's total sponsor revenue was $1.25 billion. No reports have been given about how these protests could affect that revenue total.
What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook. In other NFL news, one entire team just made a huge announcement and said they will no longer participate in the anthem protests.