Donald Trump Whips Up Base Blasting Nike Ad Featuring Colin Kaepernick

Donald Trump Whips Up Base Blasting Nike Ad Featuring Colin Kaepernick

The footwear and apparel maker's campaign this week further stoked a national debate over social justice that Kaepernick and other NFL players sparked with their protests aimed at addressing police brutality against minorities, racial injustice, and reforming the criminal justice system.

"Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts", Trump tweeted.

"Having a huge company back him could be a controversial reason for this company but they're not afraid and I feel like that was a really powerful statement to a lot of, a lot of other companies", Williams said.

Donald Trump Jr. released his own "fixed" version of Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad, featuring the face of his father, President Donald Trump.

"Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything".

"I thought it was awesome", said McCourty.

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"I stand with Nike, all day, every day", James said.

"Dream Crazy", the two-minute commercial, pulls together clips of young and more accomplished athletes overcoming obstacles on and off the court.

Kaepernick shared the ad to his Twitter page on Monday, which showed a black and white image of his face with the caption, "Believe in something". "Ask if they're insane enough", James replied with the sportswear giants' motto: "#JustDoIt". "What non-believers fail to understand is that calling a dream insane is not an insult-it's a compliment", Kaepernick says in the spot. "Ask if they are insane enough".

Kaepernick, who has not played a game since 2016, has not spoken to the media publicly since opting out of his contract with San Francisco and becoming a free agent in 2017. An NFL request to dismiss the case was denied last month.

Nike first stoked controversy earlier this week by revealing a print ad starring Kaepernick as part of an overall campaign to support the 30 anniversary of the "Just Do It" slogan.

In 2017 Trump decried National Football League players who refused to stand for the United States anthem as "sons of bitches" who should be fired.

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