Georgia university drops Nike over Kaepernick ad

Aubrey Yates
September 13, 2018

Last week, Nike unveiled the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers as the face of the company's ad celebrating the the 30th anniversary of its "Just do it" campaign.

A pastor at a Baptist church in Mobile, Ala., destroyed his Nike gear during a sermon to protest the company's recent advertising campaign centered around Colin Kaepernick. "And when my father can look at me and tell me that he's not offended and that he understands, then how could I - who didn't do that service - be offended?"

The jerseys, which sold out quickly after they went live on Kaepernick's website, are priced at $175 and 20% of proceeds will go to Know Your Rights Camp, a free campaign for youth funded by Kaepernick to raise awareness on self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement.

As a Good Morning America host and former NFL player, Michael Strahan is in a unique position to discuss the league's biggest controversy: players kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality.

"The first pair of jogging shoes I wore were Nike jogging shoes", said Morris.

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Though Kaepernick originally meant to sit down while the national anthem played before an NFL game, it was a military veteran who advised him to kneel, saying it was more effective. "I do believe there needs to be more organization between the players and the ownership".

"I know there are a lot of people, in general, who are very upset", Morris said on Monday during an interview with AL.com.

The star continued: 'One of the things you can do in this country is you can protest, ' adding: 'He's protesting injustices he sees happening'.

Nike aired its first commercial starring Kaepernick during various sporting events last week, including the first game of the 2018 National Football League season.

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