Jan 4, 2020

After Iran strike, Kaepernick blasts "American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people"

Colin Kaepernick at his NFL workout on Nov. 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia. Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

NFL quarterback and political activist Colin Kaepernick denounced "America militarism" on Saturday, following a U.S. strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

Between the lines: It's unclear if Kaepernick is directly denouncing the attack on Soleimani — since he does not explicitly reference him — or if he's using the Iranian commander's death as an opportunity to broadly criticize U.S. military involvement in the Middle East.

What he's saying:

"America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.

There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism."

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The latest: Iran general who replaced Soleimani vows revenge for death

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Iran's new top commander Esmail Ghaani, who replaced Gen. Qasem Soleimani after he died in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, pledged during a televised address Monday to avenge the general's killing, AP reports.

The latest: Ghaani‘s declaration that God "has promised to get his revenge" and that "certainly actions will be taken" came hours after Iran said it would no longer abide by limits on its uranium enrichment and Iraq's parliament voted to call on the Iraqi government to expel U.S. troops from the country over Friday's airstrike.

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How Trump decided to kill Iran's Soleimani

President Trump. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump was interrupted during campaign planning at his Mar-a-Lago resort last Sunday and pulled into another meeting which resulted in the final call to authorize a drone strike that killed Iran's top general Qasem Soleimani, the New York Times reports.

Why now: Officials said the decision to strike Soleimani emerged in response to the death of an American contractor the Friday before Christmas in Iraq by Iranian-sponsored militia groups. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Soleimani was "actively" planning an attack on Americans, the Washington Post reports.

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Joel Embiid becomes 16th current NBA player with signature shoe

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

76ers All-Star Joel Embiid will launch his first signature shoe with Under Armour this fall, making him the 16th current NBA player — and only center — to have one.

How it works: Signature shoes incorporate the athlete's design and performance feedback throughout the creative process and include a 5% royalty from the sales of each pair, per ESPN's Nick DePaula.

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