Colin Kaepernick seals Nike campaign ... and backing from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Nike taps Kaepernick as face of new ‘Just Do It’

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been tapped as one of the faces of Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign.

The official apparel company of the NFL is launching an ad campaign around a player who's alleging the league is colluding to keep him out.

"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 North America brand vice president, said in a statement to ESPN.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Nike continued to pay Kaepernick even though he was unsigned and was waiting for the right time to announce the continued partnership.

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In the roughly two years since Kapernick first started kneeling, numerous other players have taken a knee, raised a fist or have stayed off the field during the playing of the national anthem in protest of social injustice.

Former NFL player Burgess Owens on President Trump's Twitter attack against NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem. Nike is the official provider of the NFL's jerseys.

In August 2016, Kaepernick told Steve Wyche of NFL Media, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color".

Trump said the players disrespected the American flag and the military, and has said he would love to see National Football League owners fire players who disrespected the flag. Stephen B. Burbank, the arbitrator assigned to resolve disputes between the NFL and the NFL Players Association arising from the collective bargaining agreement, ruled last week against the NFL's request to dismiss the case.

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