A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Kaepernick Arrest Story is False

Q: Was Colin Kaepernick arrested during an NFL game on Sept. 9?

A: No. That story was originally published on a self-described satirical website.

False Claim About Kaepernick’s Nike Deal

Q: Did Nike end its new deal with Colin Kaepernick because he made “anti-white” remarks?

A: No. That made-up story was first published by a website that says its work is satire.

Answering NFL National Anthem Questions

Q: Does the NFL have rules for player conduct during the national anthem? Does the Department of Defense fund patriotic ceremonies at NFL games?

A: Prior to May 2018, the league didn’t require players to stand during the anthem. The Defense Department no longer funds various patriotic displays.