Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ‘Just Do It’ Ad Re-Ignites NFL Anthem Debate

Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ‘Just Do It’ Ad Re-Ignites NFL Anthem Debate

While many of his fans supported his view and are joining John in boycotting Nike, by cutting the swoosh of their socks and burning their shoes, there are many that oppose the country stars stance.

The American footballer sparked a national controversy by kneeling during the national anthem and was not offered a place on a team for the 2017 season. "They pay a lot rent", Trump said referring to one of Nike's flagship store locations in New York City.

However, at least two other sports apparel companies-Adidas and Puma-were waiting in the wings if Nike decided not to go through with its Kaepernick deal, Yahoo Sports reported.

Kaepernick on Monday posted a photo to his Instagram and Twitter accounts featuring a black-and-white close-up of his face overlaid with an inspirational message: "Believe in Something".

In his interview yesterday, Trump stated that while he didn't condone Nike's decision, he respected the company's right to hire the spokesperson it chooses.

"Just bought a pair of nikes yesterday not knowing about this, but NOW I will be returning them!"

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"I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric [Reid] are doing so much more for the greater good", Williams told the Associated Press last week.

LeBron James, Odell Beckham Jr, Shaquem Griffin, Lacey Baker and Serena Williams are also part of the Just Do It campaign.

The NFL responded to the ad in a statement on Twitter, saying, "the social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action".

"I don't think they should do that because he is really not supporting the teams or the people who support him", said Frank Martinez, who lives in Turlock. But in the polarizing debate over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, Nike has made its bet.

Nike's new ad campaign not only featured the footballer but also hinted at Kaepernick's political stand with their tagline: "Believe in something".

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