Still, the announcement that he would sign Kaepernick to a deal, but only if a team signs him first may seem a bit like self-serving, virtue signaling for King and Adidas. "I love y'all and we gonna keep going!"
Kaepernick was reportedly slated to meet with the Seattle Seahawks for a backup quarterback role, but the team allegedly took it off the table after it was assumed that Kaepernick would not fall in line in dropping his stances.
"If he signs on a team, we would definitely want to sign him", Mark King, the president of Adidas's North America division said last week at Arizona State University. Now Kaepernick is causing a buzz regarding his potential return to the NFL after he was dropped from his former team, the San Francisco 49ers- and if Kaepernick does return to the NFL, Adidas is hoping to sign a deal with the former quarterback. According to ESPN, the Seahawks were recently interested in Kaepernick coming in for a workout, but shied away when it wasn't clear whether he would continue his national anthem protests.
Kaepernick threw for 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 2016 and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season and the NFC Championship Game in the 2013 season.
According to The Republic, King said the company is "not in the business of activism", but it does want "athletes to tell their story". Kaepernick posted on Twitter this quote from Robinson, which he wrote in his 1972 autobiography: "I can not stand and sing the anthem".
It's understandable that Adidas would want Kaepernick to be on a team before signing him, given the exposure he would get in the country's most popular league. "I can not salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world".