After backing Serena Williams, former Iranian President Ahmadinejad now supports Kaepernick, says he should be in NFL
The NFL has reportedly kept the football quarterback off all the 32 53-man rosters as the latest game season is set to begin on Thursday.
The popular football quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, now has the backing of the unlikeliest of supporters — former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian leader, who is a holocaust denier and is known for human rights violations, strangely decided to back Kaepernick and slammed the National Football League's (NFL) decision to keep the controversial quarterback off all rosters.
The NFL has reportedly kept the quarterback off all the 32 53-man rosters as the latest NFL season is set to begin on Thursday. Ahmadinejad denounced the American sports league on Twitter and said: "The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster. Even though he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league."
The former Iranian leader's support for the quarterback came even before Nike's controversial ad campaign — featuring Kaepernick — had become public. Several Twitter users destroyed their Nike merchandise earlier this week in protest, after the sports brand included the quarterback in its new Just Do It campaign, as they believe he is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation. Kaepernick was the first National Football League (NFL) player to take a knee during the national anthem as a protest against racism and police brutality.
Kaepernick began his protest two years ago when he was with the San Francisco 49ers at the time and stirred a national controversy. He had done so in an effort to protest rampant police brutality in the country. Other players took his cue and joined the protest in the 2016 season, and other players have continued the protest till now. Kaepernick's movement drew heavy criticism from President Donald Trump, who even called for the owners of the NFL teams to fire the players who were participating in it.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz after reading Ahmadinejad's tweet made a connection between the Iranian leader and the senator's opponent in November's midterm elections, Democrat Beto O'Rourke. The Texas Democrat recently appeared in a viral video, where he was seen defending NFL players' rights to protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, according to reports.
Cruz, on Twitter, said: "When a radical anti-Semite, anti-American Iranian dictator emphatically agrees with you," Cruz tweeted, "maybe that's a sign Beto, the NFL, and Nike are all on the wrong side of the American people ...."
Intriguingly, this is not the first time the former Iranian leader has defended an American athlete during a controversy. Ahmadinejad, later last month, had also slammed French Open tennis officials from barring Serena Williams from wearing an all-black "catsuit" at next year's tournament.
Ahmadinejad had tweeted:
It is ironic that the former Iranian leader used Twitter to express his displeasure as when he was still in power, his country had banned its citizens from using the popular micro-blogging site.