Stories Shaping Sports and Business: July 6th
President Trump was busy on Twitter this morning and took a shot at NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, along with NASCAR for their decision to ban the confederate flag.
Here's Trump's Tweet:
Trump’s claim about NASCAR's lowest ratings has not been validated by Fox Sports which broadcasts the races.
Wallace responded to Trump's tweet with the following:
Wallace is NASCAR’s only full-time black driver and was a big advocate in NASCAR banning the confederate flag. About three weeks ago, Wallace's team found what appeared to be a noose in his garage after racing at Talladega Superspeedway. The FBI started an investigation and determined Wallace was not an intended victim and the noose, which was used as a garage handle was in place since October.
According to Wallace’s team spokesperson from Richard Petty Motorsports, there has been an increase in sponsorship interest since Wallace has stood firm on representing the Black Lives Matter movement. Some of his current sponsors include McDonalds, Coca-Cola, STP, and 3M.
Disney and Kaepernick Form Partnership
According to ESPN, Colin Kaepernick and Disney have formed a new partnership.
Kaepernick’s production company: Ra Vision Media will help produce both scripted and unscripted stories. The former 49ers quarterback said,
"I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives.”
Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016 and famously starting kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequalities in America. According to ESPN, the partnership will produce content for all Disney platforms including ESPN, HULU, Pixar, and the Undefeated. Kaepernick also has a partnership with Netflix that will release a scripted mini-series about his life during High School.