That ship likely has sailed for Kaepernick, as he now is suing the NFL for collusion between the league and its owners to keep him out of football. There are plenty of people who love this idea and plenty who hate the idea and some of the latter are destroying their Nike gear with this campaign.
'There was speculation that Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign could lead to a drop in sales.
Still, some attendees posted accounts of the visit on social media, including video of Kaepernick speaking to a crowd Thursday several hours before the ad aired.
Kaepernick, formerly the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was a controversial choice due to his notoriety for kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games.
The league and players union still haven't resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the anthem.
'In fact, Nike sales grew 31 per cent from Sunday through Tuesday over Labor Day this year, besting 2017's comparative 17 per cent increase'. "I honor our national anthem and most of the people in this country feel the same way".
According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the school had revised its sports contracts last October noting that "all participating coaches and players 'show respect for the American flag and national anthem'". Nike's new landlords are still covering its Trump Tower rent on the Nike lease, which runs until 2022, Bloomberg reported earlier this year.
Kaepernick and other prominent athletes who kneel during the anthem have repeatedly said that they do not mean any disrespect to members of the US military. "I think Nike's on the right side of history with this move", he told ESPN.
Other NBA players in recent years have worn shoes with messages that say "R.I.P. Trayvon Martin" and "Sideline Racism", as well as images of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached.
The comedian, who is now more well known for releasing sometimes head-scratching paintings through Twitter than anything else, released a painting celebrating Nike's partnership with Kaepernick.