Beau Lund Written by September 4, 2018 /Sports News – National Colin Kaepernick named face of Nike’s new 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Tran / Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Controversial former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, currently embroiled in legal proceedings against the league over alleged collusion by owners, has been chosen as the new face of Nike.Kaepernick tweeted Monday afternoon he was picked to helm the esteemed shoe brand’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign — a return to the slogan that made the company famous.The quarterback, who knows a thing or two about the sentiment, tweeted a photo of himself with the quote, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” with the hashtag “JustDoIt.Kaepernick has been the face of controversy in sports since the 2016 NFL preseason when he decided initially to sit during the national anthem as a means of protesting the treatment of minorities, especially by police. After consulting with a former U.S. Army member, Nate Boyer, he decided to kneel in protest before games. He was joined by San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid, as well as others around the league.The 30-year-old started just 11 games in 2016 — one year after starting only eight in 2015 — after leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in February 2013 and signed a $126 million contract in 2014. He opted out of his contract in 2017, though general manager John Lynch told Pro Football Talk he would’ve been released if he’d opted in.In the fall, despite Kaepernick not being signed by any teams, President Donald Trump reignited the fury over his protests during a rally for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange.Trump told the crowd in September 2017, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now?’“You know, some owner … is going to say, ‘That guy who disrespects our flag, he’s fired,’” Trump said.Though Trump didn’t mention Kaepernick by name — and he’s never mentioned Kaepernick on his Twitter account — he’s continued to be the focal point of criticism, mostly by conservatives.Kaepernick, who is still unsigned, filed a grievance against the NFL saying owners colluded to keep him out of the league. Reid, who hasn’t been signed this offseason, also joined the grievance. An arbiter denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss the case last week, which paves the way for it to go to trial, Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted.Tennis superstar Serena Williams, a fellow Nike athlete, offered support for her new stable mate after a match at the U.S. Open last week, and echoed those sentiments in a tweet Monday evening.Williams wasn’t the only one who tweeted support for Kaepernick on Monday. Oddly enough, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually advocated for the quarterback on his verified account. The former president, who was in the role from 2005 to 2013, is now a university professor. He sparred with the George W. Bush administration during his tenure, not to mention Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.He had nothing but praise for Kaepernick, though, and advocated him being added to an NFL roster. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Jeffords’ Statement Announcing Decision Not to Seek Reelectionin 2006Statement of Senator Jim JeffordsApril 20, 2005For almost 40 years, the voters of Vermont have honored me with their support and their trust. I have tried my best to be worthy of that honor, whether serving in Montpelier or Washington, D.C.I have had an enormously satisfying career, one that I would not have traded for any other. In no other job do you have both the freedom and obligation to solve problems and help people on a daily basis.But it is time to begin a new chapter, both for me personally and for the people of Vermont. After much thought and consultation with my family and staff, I have decided to close this chapter of my service to Vermont, and not seek re-election in 2006.Between now and the end of my term, I will be working overtime to accomplish as much as I can for Vermont, in education, the environment,agriculture, health care and so many other areas.I still relish the challenges in Washington, but there are even better reasons to step down and return to Vermont. My wife Liz has put up with a lot over the years, and it is long past time I spent more time with her. Liz, as you know, is battling cancer, and will soon have to undergo another round of chemotherapy. If you know her you know that cancer has probably met its match.I look forward to seeing a lot more of my children and their families. And in a few weeks, I look forward to greeting our first grandchild into the family.There have been questions about my health, and that is a factor as well. I am feeling the aches and pains that come when you reach 70. My memory fails me on occasion, but Liz would probably argue this has been going on for the last 50 years.I am excited about coming home and working with the University of Vermont and other institutions to focus on what I think is the biggest challenge we face as a nation, the education of our children. If we were a nation at risk in 1983, two decades later that risk is even graver.We will never be able to maintain our standard of living against competitors around the world if we do not maintain the advantage of a highly skilled workforce. Unfortunately we are now importing thousands of skilled workers per year. This has to turn around.The people of Vermont will have a new U.S. Senator for the first time in almost a generation. I am making my announcement today because it seems only fair that Vermonters have ample time to consider that decision, and that the many able Vermont candidates, for this and other offices that may be open, have time to make their own plans.I have been blessed by a wonderful family, great friends, and a fine staff over my entire career. And I am forever grateful for the trust ofthe people of our state.Thanks, Vermont.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — The homecoming parade is just around the corner. Drivers are being asked to take note of the route to keep everyone safe.The Alpena Police Department is reminding residents that Wisner St. to Garden St. will be closed this Friday, October 11 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The parade will begin at Ella White Elementary at 4:30 p.m. and head westbound on Third Ave. Members of the police department are thanking drivers for being safe and cautious in advance.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 4-year-old’s mother speaks out for the first time after her son is foundNext Forty-year-old woman arrested in hit and run crash