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Pavlich noted on Tuesday that Kaepernick has been a Nike athlete since 2011, and the company has been paying him amid his protests that including wearing socks that depicted police officers as pigs.

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (58), quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and free safety Eric Reid (35) kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem before a NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, California, Oct 6, 2016.

Several social media posts include people burning or throwing away their Nike shoes. Where are their fathers? Dozens of other players began joining Kaepernick, and he has become a symbol of the dividing lines over race in America.

Rich, one half of the Big & Rich and owner of Lower Broadway's Redneck Riviera honky-tonk, followed it up with a picture of his soundman after cutting out the Nike logo from his socks.

Others are saying that Nike, which raked in more than $30 billion in profits previous year, would weather the protests. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports and prompted a reaction from President Trump, who urged the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.

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"So Nike wants American teenagers to emulate a man who disrespects the national anthem, slanders police officers and embraces Communist leaders?"

In honor of the 30th anniversary of their iconic "Just Do It" slogan, the new ads feature a close up of the National Football League star's face, with the words, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything". At a rally in Alabama previous year, Trump said team owners should "get that son of a bitch off the field" if a player knelt in protest of injustice during the anthem. Kaepernick started the protests in 2016.

In August 2016, Kaepernick began the movement to kneel during the USA national anthem in protest of racial injustice.

"I think that Nike knows exactly what they're doing", Williams said. "Even if it means sacrificing everything".

Athletic clothing manufacturer Under Armour faced criticism previous year after its chief executive made comments supporting Trump and Adidas was urged in May to cut its ties to rapper Kanye West after he described slavery as a choice and praised Trump.

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