Nike Kaepernick campaign to kick off Thursday during National Football League opener

Nike releases new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Serena Williams

Trump had refrained from trashing Nike, or Kaepernick, during his Billings bash, except for one fleeting reference at the one-hour mark when he promised attendees, "We're standing up for your values, we're standing up for Montana, and we're standing for our national anthem and our flag". The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the visit were not announced publicly. "They feel the same way", Trump said in an interview with Fox & Friends that aired Friday morning. "Take it from me, when I say they sacrificed everything, they also sacrificed the lives of their loved ones who will never be the same", Kyle added.

In the ad, the quarterback and activist says, "Believe in something". "I honor the flag".

A large billboard stands on top of a Nike store showing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Union Square, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in San Francisco.

Many people have been taking to social media to rip apart Carrey's celebratory artwork, as well as Nike's deal with Kaepernick.

Jenkins said he thinks players should shift the focus of the debate away from the anthem itself and back to the issues they are trying to highlight.

"I think that's worse than kneeling, in a certain way".

President Trump, who has repeatedly slammed the players' protests, also weighed in, saying in an interview with The Daily Caller that the deal with Kaepernick sends "a bad message". An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among National Football League players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.

No Falcons players were absent from the sideline and none has protested in the recent past.

Kaepernick is now in litigation against the NFL, claiming that team owners colluded to keep him out of the league.

The painting features Kaepernick kneeling and the words, "Nike just did it".

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