Serena says Nike have made 'powerful statement' with Kaepernick

Misty Newman
September 5, 2018

Part of the reason this is a compelling acknowledgement from Brady is that he long has been associated with United States President Donald Trump. Nike did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some of the more rabid Kaepernick critics made a decision to start burning their own Nikes to show their anger, while others - like country musician John Rich of Big & Rich - took to Instagram to show that others are simply defacing their Nike gear in protest of the company's iconic swoosh logo.

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.

In short, Trump says the ad sends "a awful message".

John later released statement clarifying his stance on the Nike and Colin campaign, saying that he supports the right to protest but the issue for him was the disrespect of the police.

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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".

US President Donald Trump, who has previously criticised National Football League players for taking a knee, said of the advert: "I think it's a awful message, Nike is a tenant of mine". Rich, who Donald Trump selected as the victor of the 2011 season of "The Celebrity Apprentice, " posted a picture of the Nike swoosh that had been removed from a pair of socks. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way?

Trump added, "As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way - I mean, I wouldn't have done it". But during that other 5 percent, his shamelessness - and utter dearth of impulse control - renders him the most disarmingly (and self-destructively) honest public figure in modern memory.

"It's not disrespectful to take a knee", said Jennifer Sanchez, of Houston.

Closing his remarks, he said he stood "for anybody who believes in change". "I think that's one great thing God gave us, is the freedom of choice".

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