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

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

Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who inspired nationwide protests against police brutality by kneeling for the USA national anthem.

The deal spurred debate among fans, with some urging a boycott of the Beaverton, Oregon-based company and others burning their Nike clothing.

She added of his activism in general: "I think everyone has a choice to do what they choose to do".

The campaign will also feature athletes such as Serena Williams, NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and Shaquem Griffin, a rookie linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks whose left hand was amputated when he was a child.

The College of the Ozarks is dropping its affiliation with Nike in response to the company's new ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick, according to KY3. "Even if it means sacrificing everything".

At the start of the ad, Kaepernick says: "If people say your dreams are insane, if they laugh at what you think you can do, good. As far as the National Football League is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!" he tweeted.

The former San Francisco 49er's simple black and white ad forces viewers to look head on into the eyes of the man who is leading the fight against police brutality.

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.

On Wednesday, Nike rolled out a two-minute ad featuring various acts of athletic heroism with Kaepernick as the video's narrator. The NFL saw a dip in its ratings and mass protests due to its mishandling of national anthem protests last season.

The ad will debut on NBC in the NFL's opening round encounter between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. It will be us walking into stores, with the service guy coming up like, 'Hey buddy, can I help you with anything?'. "Ask if they are insane enough".


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