Kaepernick has been a free agent since that 2016 season. He’s alleged that the NFL colluded to deny him a contract as punishment for protests. He filed a grievance charging that owners conspired to shut him out of the league in retaliation for the protests. It was announced last week that his collusion case will get a formal hearing after an arbitrator denied the league’s request for a summary judgment. Now it looks like Nike is picking sides. “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 wanted to energize its meaning and introduce ‘Just Do It’ to a new generation of athletes,” Fisanotti added. Anti-Kaepernick fans took to social media to send a message to Nike for its decision. Some even filmed themselves cutting off the Nike logo from their apparel. Others took to burning their Nike items.
Details on Kaepernick and #Nike:— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 3, 2018
– It’s wide endorsement. He’s going to have his own branded line. Shoes, shirts, jerseys, etc. There will be Kaepernick apparel.
– Contract is a “star” deal on par with a top end #NFL player. Millions per year. Star deals also include royalties.
First the @NFL forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country. I chose country. Then @Nike forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive? pic.twitter.com/4CVQdTHUH4— Sean Clancy (@sclancy79) September 3, 2018