Former Fox News and NBC News host Megyn Kelly criticized Colin Kaepernick over his criticism of a U.S. airstrike that killed high-ranking Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
The Twitter fight began after the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted to his followers on Saturday night.
“America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad,” Kaepernick wrote. “America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non-white world.”
America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 4, 2020
Kelly responded on Twitter.
“Because everything is racist,” she tweeted. “Everything. Even fighting back against terrorists who kill Americans. Nike, feeling proud?”
Nike signed Kaepernick in 2011 and has heavily featured the controversial athlete in its ads despite him not playing in the NFL since 2016.
Kaepernick was instrumental in convincing Nike last summer to cancel its release of a “Betsy Ross” sneaker in celebration of Independence Day, with Kaepernick complaining the Revolutionary War–era flag used on it was connected to a time of slavery.
“We regularly make business decisions to withdraw initiatives, products and services. NIKE made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday,” Nike said in a statement to The Hill at the time.
Kelly was ousted from NBC News after a controversy surrounding remarks she made about wearing blackface.
Kelly questioned whether it was wrong to wear blackface and said it was OK when she was a kid to wear blackface on Halloween as long as it was as part of a character costume.