Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling during the national anthem to protest injustices against minorities two years ago became a cause for activists and civil rights groups, is attempting to trademark a black and white image of his face and hair, ESPN reports.
His company, Inked Flash, filed for the trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last Friday. The intent, according to the filing, is to use the image on a variety of items, including hairspray, jewelry, lampshades and shampoo.
Kapernick’s actions before NFL games spurred a player protest movement and caught the attention of President Donald Trump – who slammed the effort.
According to the filing, the image could be used in association with "providing classes, workshops, seminars and camps in the field of self-empowerment and awareness to properly interact with law enforcement" and with "production of television shows and films."
Kaepernick, who has sued the NFL for allegedly colluding to prevent him from securing a new contract as a free agent, was featured in a controversial Nike ad in early September that featured an image of Kaepernick and the message, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
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