The sportswear industry is notorious for being politically correct.
It is a huge business.
In 2015, Nike, which makes its shoes in China, came under fire for claiming it would be “more politically correct” if it went into the Olympics.
At the time, the company said it would only do so if Nike were to make a change to its logo and not make any changes to the brand.
However, a few months later, the brand announced it would indeed do so.
The brand’s CEO, Scott Miles, said in the press release that Nike “will be more politically correct with our apparel.”
However, this wasn’t enough for some sports teams and players.
In February, several NFL players took to social media to share their disdain for the brand’s decision to go into the Olympic Games.
“Nike is the epitome of politics, but its not cool,” one player tweeted.
“When Nike’s executives come to a country they shouldn’t, and have no clue what is happening, and their team is doing the bidding of the Chinese government, how can the NFL stand by them?”
Another player, Deion Sanders, wrote on Twitter, “Nope, the NFL will be more politics than sports.
Its not sports.”
In an Instagram post, the team behind the team of NFL players in the NFL Players Association wrote, “We know our athletes are passionate about their team and that their voices matter, so we have decided to take the lead on creating a positive, inclusive and inclusive message.
We are confident we can change how our athletes think about and react to injustice and injustice is not a joke.”
The NFLPA said that in its opinion, the athletes were right to voice their opinion.
“Our athletes are the backbone of the NFL, and they deserve a voice in how they feel about the Olympics,” the statement read.
“In the case of the National Anthem, our players should be free to choose to stand, sit or kneel while our anthem is played.”
Some teams, like the New York Jets, have chosen to do away with the players’ right to protest.
“We don’t think this is right,” Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters earlier this month.
“I think it’s wrong.
I think we should just respect the flag and respect our country.
That’s our message.”
The New York City Football Club also released a statement last month saying that they would not allow their players to take part in the anthem, even if it was in solidarity with those protesting.
“The decision of the New Jersey City Football and Convention Commission to not allow our players to participate in the National anthems on September 11 and 12 is disappointing and disrespectful to all those who have sacrificed so much to protect this country,” the team wrote in a statement.
“To do so would be to disrespect the flag, the anthem and the people who have dedicated their lives to protecting it.
We will continue to stand in solidarity and respectfully honor our flag and our country.”
The Minnesota Vikings have also been outspoken in their support of players taking a knee during the anthem.
“If you don’t like the way things are, that’s your prerogative,” Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said during a recent radio interview.
“But I think there’s some very good reasons why the players want to do it.”