Mugshot Madness: Arkansas Sheriff Forced Inmates to Wear Nike Shirts to Mock Colin Kaepernick, Says Shaun King

Mugshot Madness: Arkansas Sheriff Forced Inmates to Wear Nike Shirts to Mock Colin Kaepernick, Says Shaun King

An Arkansas sheriff’s workplace has been accused of forcing individuals to pose for his or her mugshots in Nike shirts to mock the corporate’s current cope with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Social media activist Shaun King posted a photograph of 12 inmates carrying Nike shirts on Twitter and Fb Wednesday night time, saying that Union County Sheriff Ricky Roberts was “placing Nike t-shirts on individuals they arrest and making them put on them throughout mug photographs.”

King added that his supply stated they Roberts was forcing inmates to put on the Nike shirts “to mock Nike and Colin Kaepernick,” which he stated was “disgusting.”

Colin Kaepernick gained nationwide consideration in 2016 when he started kneeling through the nationwide anthem in protest of the nation’s mistreatment of individuals of colour.

Final month, Nike made a deal to characteristic Kaepernick on billboards, TV and on-line advertisements for his or her “Simply Do It” marketing campaign, a transfer that, satirically, sparked plenty of protests from conservatives, together with individuals burning Nike gear and posting movies on-line.

The pictures Shaun King posted confirmed not less than 12 inmates carrying massive, black T-shirts with NIKE ATHLETICS in boldface font. Different inmates have been carrying shirts with simply the Nike examine mark emblem or NIKE AIR.

“Although King’s publish options two Nike shirts — the aforementioned T-shirt and a black polo shirt with a small white Nike swoosh within the higher right-hand nook — the second shirt might be seen in mug photographs way back to July, earlier than the Sept. three announcement of the Nike-Kaepernick deal,” the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reported. “The NIKE ATHLETICS shirt started to present up in mug photographs round Sept. 15, in accordance to the jail’s roster.”

Lower than an hour after King’s publish, the Union County sheriff’s workplace eliminated all pictures of inmates from the jail’s on-line roster.

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