NFL suspends Colin Kaepernick for refusing to honor Dannon, the official yogurt of the NFL
SAN FRANCISCO — 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is at the center of controversy again after being handed a three-game suspension for failing to give proper respect to Dannon, the official yogurt of the NFL since 2015.
The lightning rod was spotted eating Fage yogurt at his locker on Monday, violating the league’s sponsorship deal to only have Dannon yogurt products at all league facilities.
“We take our relationship with the good folks at Dannon very seriously and it was wrong and disrespectful for Colin to openly dishonor the delicious yogurt products they make,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement today. “The NFL stands for our corporate sponsors and all that they represent. No exceptions.”
Kaepernick drew fire before this yogurt incident by refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest the treatment of people of color in the United States. The league did not punish him for those actions, however, as Goodell stressed that “the National Football League currently does not have a sponsorship agreement with the United States. But, of course, we would love to add them to our portfolio of outstanding partners.”
There are currently no talks between the NFL and the United States, but sources close to the league office say there have been “preliminary discussions” with Vladimir Putin on a sponsorship arrangement that would make Russia the official country partner of the NFL. “It’s a great opportunity to expand our brand overseas and partner with a strong, tough leader that captures the ideals of the NFL,” said a source.
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