NFL's Kaepernick to be face of Nike 'Just Do It' campaign

Colin Kaepernick's protests against racial injustice have become a bitterly divisive issue amongst NFL fans

Colin Kaepernick's protests against racial injustice have become a bitterly divisive issue amongst NFL fans

Kaepernick has remained unsigned since he became a free agent after the 2016 season and now is suing the NFL for collusion between the league and its owners to keep him out of the league. Conversely, Amnesty International awarded Kaepernick with that year's Ambassador of Conscience award. The advertisement features a close-up shot of the quarterback's face and reads, "Believe in something". He stirred national debate by taking a knee while the anthem was played before games during the National Football League's 2016 season to draw attention to police killings of black men and other issues. Even it if it means sacrificing everything.

ESPN reported that Nike had kept Kaepernick, who signed a sponsorship deal with the company in 2011, on its payroll throughout the controversy of recent years.

"We wanted to energize its meaning and introduce "Just Do It" to a new generation of athletes", Fisanotti said.

Former NFL player Burgess Owens on President Trump's Twitter attack against NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem.

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The sportswear manufacturer has announced that it has chosen Kaepernick to be the face of its 30th anniversary "Just do it" campaign, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kaepernick was once best known for his quarterbacking skills for the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick, 30, who was named GQ magazine's Citizen of the Year for 2017, has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, accusing it of keeping him out of the league because of his protest.

The new ad also continues a wave of goodwill for Nike and athlete controversies; they got Twitter talking with this ad featuring Serena Williams a few weeks ago.

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