Trump rips NFL, Nike again for Colin Kaepernick ad

Deanna Kelley
September 5, 2018

James has already been outspoken on matters concerning President Donald Trump, immigration, police brutality and women's rights.

Nike did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment on the boycott threats.

Unsurprisingly, given the mixed reaction to Kaepernick's protest, Nike's decision has prompted strong views of support from certain quarters and condemnation from others. The NFL team owners passed a rule this offseason that gives players who would kneel the option of remaining in the locker room during the anthem.

Trump, without offering evidence, said in a post on Twitter that the sportswear company was "getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts".

Multiple sources have told ESPN's Dan Graziano that the National Football League was not aware of the Nike ad campaign until it was launched Monday.

Trump on Tuesday called Nike's new ad campaign featuring Kaepernick a "terrible message", in an interview with The Daily Caller. "So whether or not I agree with what they're doing, I support it".

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However, at least two other sports apparel companies-Adidas and Puma-were waiting in the wings if Nike decided not to go through with its Kaepernick deal, Yahoo Sports reported.

On Tuesday, Hannity said Nike and Kaepernick don't understand what "sacrificing everything" really means.

While Nike officials were likely thrilled with the attention their campaign received, they probably didn't expect a plug from a man who doesn't believe women should be able to wear any of Nike's clothing.

"I don't think Nike is quaking in their boots". Rich, who Donald Trump selected as the victor of the 2011 season of "The Celebrity Apprentice, " posted a picture of the Nike swoosh that had been removed from a pair of socks. "So, I do have a lot of respect for that".

"Having a huge company back him could be a controversial reason for this company, but they're not afraid".

Williams tweeted that she's "especially proud to be a part of the Nike family today".

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