It’s been building up to it with an advert here and there involving a number of prominent sports stars, and now Nike has ruffled all feathers by revealing the NFL quarterback outcast, Colin Kaepernick, as one of the faces for its Just Do It campaign’s 30th anniversary.
The sportswear manufacturer followed up its recent campaigns against various injustices by somewhat tapping up Kaepernick for its latest installment with the quote, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” with a photo of Kaepernick’s face prominent in the background.
Kaepernick started protesting against police brutality in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games for his former team, San Francisco 49ers, and was joined by then team-mate, Eric Reid, in the protests which took the NFL by storm.
The protest eventually led to the 49ers deciding against keeping Kaepernick on its roster while none of the other teams have also failed to make an offer to the quarterback, effectively freezing Kaepernick out of the league for two years.
However, Nike, which extended its deal to kit all NFL teams till 2028 in March, has reportedly signed Kaepernick to a multi-year deal which would see him feature prominently in its Just Do It campaigns, have an apparel created, and also see Nike donate to his Know Your Rights charity.
Federer suffers shock US Open exit
Roger Federer’s fourth round match against John Millman was supposed to serve as warm up for a potentially blockbuster quarter-final match against Novak Djokovic only to end up providing the biggest shock so far at this year’s US Open as Millman came from a set down to see Roger Federer out of Flushing Meadows early on Tuesday.
Federer had claimed the opening set 6-3 but struggled for form from then on, failing to win a set point at 5-4 to see out the second set and doing same again when he was up 6-5 in the third set on his way to losing 6-3 5-7 6-7 6-7 to 55th ranked Millman.
The loss makes it only the second time the five-time US Open champion has failed to reach the quarter-final in New York, and it would be the first time ever that Federer has lost a Grand Slam match to an opponent outside the top 50 of the ATP world ranking.
Earlier on Monday, Djokovic had booked his place in the last eight with a straight sets win over Joao Sousa of Portugal as he looks to contest for a third US Open crown and 14th Grand Slam title in total.
In the women’s draw, Serena Williams dropped her first set at the Grand Slam but still had enough to overcome Kaia Kanepi, who beat world number one Simona Halep in the first round, in a 6-0 4-6 6-3 win on Monday.
The 36-year-old will now face eighth seed, Karolina Pliskova, in the last eight after the 2016 runner-up got a 6-4 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty, while defending champion, Sloane Stephens beat Elise Mertens 6-3 6-3 to set up a quarter-final date with Anastasija Sevastova, whom Stephens met at the same stage on her way to winning last year’s tournament.
Lionel Messi misses out on FIFA The Best final nomination
Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, was the most obvious name missing from FIFA’s final three nominees for this year’s The Best Men’s award, which comprised Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modrić, and Mohamed Salah.
Messi had also missed out on UEFA Best Player’s nomination with Modrić eventually picking up the award on August 30 ahead of the same players he has made the final nominees’ list with.
Modrić was a key part of the Real Madrid team which won a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title in May and went on to inspire Croatia to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final before losing to France.
Ronaldo meanwhile was Champions League top scorer with 15 goals as he lifted the title with Madrid alongside Modrić, with Salah on his part enjoying an electric debut season for Liverpool by scoring 32 league goals to finish as Premier League top scorer while also helping Liverpool to reach the Champions League final.
In another list that left many a bit baffled, Pep Guardiola was left out of the final nominees list for FIFA The Best Coach as French duo Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane were nominated along with Zlatko Dalić of Croatia.
Deschamps became only the third person to win the World Cup as a player and coach after leading France to victory in Russia, beating Dalić’s Croatia in the final. Zidane on his part led Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title.
Machine Gun Kelly responds to Eminem diss
When Eminem released his new album, Kamikaze, out of nowhere, he served disses to a slew of artistes and personalities who had previously entered his black book, including Machine Gun Kelly.
Now, MGK has gone ahead to respond with his own diss record for Eminem titled Rap Devil – an inverse of Eminem’s 2013 song, Rap God, which later entered the Guinness Book of World Records
The beef between the two rappers stems from 2012 when MGK made a comment about Eminem’s daughter, Hailie Mathers, with MGK rapping about how Eminem should retire from rap since he would be 46 soon.