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Nike features Kaepernick in ‘Just do it’ 30th anniversary campaign

Nike features Kaepernick in ‘Just do it’ 30th anniversary campaign

Although Kaepernick won't be under center to begin the 2018 campaign, the controversial quarterback-turned-activist has been keeping busy on many different fronts including being involved with Nike for their "Just Do It" campaign.

Former NFL quarterback Kaepernick posted a black-and-white close-up of himself on Instagram and Twitter on Monday featuring the Nike logo and "Just do it" slogan along with the quote, "Believe in something". Even it if it means sacrificing everything. He is now involved in a collusion case against the league, claiming that his protest is keeping teams from signing him. Kaepernick, who has not played for an National Football League team since launching the kneeling protest against African-American inequality in 2016, shared the ad on Monday.

Kaepernick may have not been signed to a football team, but ESPN reporter Darren Rovell said that Nike has been paying Kaepernick throughout the controversy. However, the NFL put the policy on hold in July amid negotiations with the NFL Players Association.

Kaepernick gained national attention when he started taking a knee during the national anthem to bring attention to the social injustices plaguing the country.

John Rich feels the deal is an insult to law enforcement - and points to the incident where Kaepernick wore a pair of socks featuring a pig dressed up in a police uniform.

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Kaepernick recently won a summary judgment in his collusion case, in which arbitrator Stephen Burbank felt there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial.

Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with Nike, even without having a job in the NFL. Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity.

The protests have divided the league, often pitting a conservative white owner base against the NFL's mostly African-American players.

Nike is a corporate sponsor with the NFL.


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