Trump, police scorch Nike for Kaepernick ad

Trump, police scorch Nike for Kaepernick ad

The ad was unleashed for the 30th anniversary of Nike's first Just Do It campaign and Nike also released ads featuring Serena Williams, NFL receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.

The athletics clothing company partnered with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. "Even if it means sacrificing everything". "We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward", Gino Fisanotti, Nike's vice president of brand for North America, told ESPN. "We want to come together and have these conversations in a safe way and in a nonviolent way". Our members and, for that matter, any American citizen, understands when the law enforcement profession is being insulted - we have no doubt they will make their purchases with that insult in mind.

One money manager, however, didn't think Nike would be hurt by any Kaepernick backlash. "With a strong majority of voters agreeing with President Trump that player protests are unpatriotic, the National Football League is going to have to walk a fine line between allowing player protests on the field and further alienating their fan base off of it".

"As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way - I mean, I wouldn't have done it", Trump said.

"I have the utmost respect for Nike and how they do anything - nothing is on a whim".

"I'm guessing they're waiting to see how strong that identity goes with Colin Kaepernick", Morgan said.

Nike's decision led to calls for a boycott of the company, with more than 42,000 people tweeting with the hashtag #NikeBoycott on Tuesday morning.

Set aside the controversy, though, and this is a classic example of the type of sports ad Nike and its longtime agency Wieden+Kennedy invented.

"A lot of observers position Nike as a revolutionary", Morgan said. Others, from a former Central Intelligence Agency director to tennis star Serena Williams and shoe-buying football fans, pledged their support for Nike and Kaepernick. The store in Dormont - the only free donation center for kids in foster care in the region - wasn't open that day, and she said they haven't gotten any donations yet. "Don't become the best basketball player on the planet, be bigger than basketball", the ad says.

"Not long after the ad was released, an National Football League spokesperson said, "the social justice issues Colin and other athletes raised deserve our attention and action".

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