If Nike's move pays off or not, Kaepernick will be bringing in a good amount of dough without strapping those pads on.
President Trump is weighing in on Nike's new ad campaign, saying in an interview with The Daily Caller that the deal with Colin Kaepernick sends "a awful message".
Tillman was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, but his biographer said the former Army Ranger would have stood by Kaepernick 's protest. Kaepernick and his former teammate Eric Reid, who was also one of the first players to kneel during the anthem, have filed grievances claiming owners have colluded to keep them out of the league. Nike has largely been quiet, but used the "Just Do It" campaign to show it's siding with those who kneel. Dozens of other players began joining Kaepernick, and he has become a symbol of the dividing lines over race in America.
"The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity", Jocelyn Moore, the NFL's Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, said in a statement. That campaign led to boycotts and the Kaepernick ad has been similarly divisive.
"Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks", Rich wrote on Twitter. Rodgers also said that racial injustice, one of the issues Kaepernick has cited for his activism, is "a real thing my black teammates have to deal with".
The source says Nike will feature Kaepernick on several platforms, including billboards, television commercials and online ads.
Others are saying that Nike, which raked in more than $30 billion in profits previous year, would weather the protests.
Now that the dust surrounding Kaepernick's departure from the NFL has settled, we're able to have a more substantive conversation about some of the controversial topics that his peaceful protest against oppression of people of color during the national anthem sparked: freedom of speech and patriotism.