Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Nike releases new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Serena Williams

Nike releases new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Serena Williams

Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem before NFL games in 2016 to protest systemic racial injustice and police brutality. And, of course, President Donald Trump's inevitable Twitter firebomb - as reliable as the sunrise.

I'm also thinking the irony is that while I am not privy to the numbers, it's likely he gained a lucrative Nike contract.

The head of the Arizona Department of Public Safety spoke out about his tweet that criticized Nike's latest campaign featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

While the delayed start to Thursday's game is likely to have influence the figure, the sharp dip comes as the National Football League struggles to quell controversy over the issues of player protests.

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After Beto O'Rourke, the USA representative challenging Cruz, drew national attention for his defense of NFL players right to demonstrate, Cruz and the Texas Republican party pounced, blasting O'Rourke for being out of step with Texas and tying him, remarkably, to former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who tweeted in support of Kaepernick earlier this week.

Nike recently signed an extension to its deal as the NFL's official uniform sponsor.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Kaepernick was watching the ad's first television airing on NBC at an event held at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

This week, Donald Trump Jr, President Trump's son, decided to make an ad of his own and posted a doctored version of the ad on Instagram, with Kaepernick replaced by the President.

"Montana crowd rained down boos when Fox host Pete Segseth mentioned the NFL".

The Kaepernick ad sparked some backlash on social media, with critics calling for a Nike boycott and even posting photos and videos of Nike products set on fire. Kyle said of Kaepernick.

"I think that's worse than kneeling in a certain way", Trump said. Stay that way. Because what non-believers fail to understand is that calling a dream insane is not an insult.

"He's done a lot for the African American community, and it's cost him a lot".

The first ad featuring Kaepernick included an image of his face with the phrase, "Stand for something".

Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.

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