Sep 4, 2018

NFL responds to Nike's Kaepernick campaign

Colin Kaepernick warms up before an NFL game. Photo: John Hefti/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

The NFL has issued a statement supporting Nike's decision to make former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick a face of Nike's "Just Do It" ad campaign, saying they "embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game."

"The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity. We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities... The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action."
— Jocelyn Moore, NFL's executive vice president of communications and public affairs

The big picture: Nike's announcement was met with mixed emotions. Shares of Nike fell more than 2% in early trading after the company revealed Kaepernick, one of the first NFL athletes to kneel during the national anthem, as one of the faces of its 30th anniversary ad campaign.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

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Senate Democratic leaders will send a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday afternoon demanding they sanction Russia — and potentially Russian President Vladimir Putin himself — for attempting to influence the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The letter follows reports that a senior intelligence official briefed Congress that Russia is again interfering in the November election to help Trump. White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected that assessment on Sunday, and CNN later reported that the briefer may have overstated the intelligence community's evidence about Russia's goals.