Trump mocks Nike over Kaepernick ad backlash: 'Getting absolutely killed'

Elena Summers
September 5, 2018

President Donald Trump says Nike is getting "killed" over an endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk).

Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who protested against social and racial inequality in the United States by kneeling during pre-game anthems, has been chosen to help mark the 30th anniversary of the brand's famous Just Do It slogan.

Kaepernick, who watched Williams' third round win over sister Venus at Flushing Meadows, sued the National Football League in 2017 and accused owners of colluding to blackball him.

The decision won the support of National Basketball Association star LeBron James - also a Nike athlete - who ended a speech Tuesday night by saying, "I stand with Nike, all day, every day", Bleacher Report writes. "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything", it reads.

Protesters burned Nike shoes and some consumers demanded a boycott after the footwear and apparel maker's unveiling of Kaepernick, while the company's shares fell on Tuesday, closing down 3.2 per cent.

Covington's mention of Pat Tillman as an "NFL/American Hero" is in reference to the former Arizona Cardinals safety dropping his NFL career to joined the Army following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The simple black and white ad showcases Colin Kaepernick's face with the words "Believe in something".

"In terms of negative response, kind of tiny right now, but also look at the reports coming in from today that Nike has had more than $40 million of free media because of this".

"It was tastefully done", she said. "I think that's one great thing God gave us, is the freedom of choice".

While holding Zhuri in his arms, he also remarked on how having a daughter has changed his outlook on life.

He noted how his mother had raised him alone and had given him "a sense of pride, a sense of strength, a sense of no worry". "However, if you endorse someone who wears #PIGSOCKS that's where you lose me". But she did, he said. "A more dedicated person, a stronger person, I guess a more sensitive person".

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