Local NAACP on Nike Kaepernick ad: 'We are not anti-America'

Local NAACP on Nike Kaepernick ad: 'We are not anti-America'

Local NAACP on Nike Kaepernick ad: 'We are not anti-America'

Two days after Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, sparked outrage across social media for being the face of Nike's new ad campaign, the company has released the full two-minute long spot.

"We're not taking sides one way or another", Hughes said Wednesday.

The poll comes with the NFL anthem policy still unresolved as the league and players' union continue to discuss the issue, meaning that there will likely be no resolution when the 2018 regular season starts with a Thursday night match-up between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Kaepernick's controversial decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality has been debated both on and off the field, but, Tuesday, Nike reignited the debate.

In an interview with ESPN, Gino Fisanotti, Nike's vice president of brand for North America, said: "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".

The Kaepernick ad revealed on Monday predictably polarized people, with some vowing to boycott Nike products. "But I think it's a bad message that they're sending and the objective of them doing it, maybe there's a reason for them doing it but I think as far as sending a message, I think it's a awful message and a message that shouldn't be sent. As far as the National Football League is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!" the president tweeted. The company's stock has taken a hit.

Set aside the controversy, though, and this is a classic example of the type of sports ad Nike and its longtime agency Wieden+Kennedy invented. "There was serious public backlash when he protested a year ago, and now it's been reignited".

"As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way - I mean, I wouldn't have done it", Trump said. "They have compatible value systems". Overall, 46% of recent Nike customers have a favorable view of Kaepernick; 23% do not.

Is Nike hurting relationship with NFL?

Colin Kaepernick's protest against social injustice in the United States has seen him effectively removed from the NFL.

"They've estimated in the last 24 hours that Nike has had the benefit of $43 million in free media publicity from this", Morgan said. "In the short-term, they're going to get a lot of backlash". Others burned their Nike apparel and shared videos of it online.

The commercial ends with Kaepernick saying, "So don't ask if your dreams are insane, ask if they're insane enough".

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania spokesman David Tobiczyk said the organization hasn't noticed any change in donation patterns, but that it's too soon to tell and Goodwill does not track donations by brand.

Hughes said she's actually hoping there won't be many donations of unwanted Nike apparel. Just try to be the best that I can be.

Most of us would not "sacrifice everything" for our beliefs because we lack the courage, or have responsibilities to others.

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