Donald Trump Rips The NFL & Nike After Kaepernick Endorsement (TWEET)

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A roadie and "ex-Marine" chopped the Nike swoosh off his socks and posted a picture that went. you guessed it, viral.

Nike received both applause and backlash for its decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of their Just Do It ad. "Even if it means sacrificing everything".

As for Nike, Trump's claim that the company "is getting absolutely killed" isn't quite accurate.

"I think that what the university needs to do, is recognize that the money they get from Nike is now blood money, the blood money of the officers in Dallas who gave their lives while protecting protesters in a Black Lives Matter rally", said Brammer.

The ad could ultimately alienate customers and turn them to rivals' products - which is not the goal of a marketing campaign, Saunders said.

Trump was also quick to mention his own business relationship with Nike.

Trump said in an interview with The Daily Caller, a conservative website, that "there's no reason" for Nike to feature Kaepernick in the campaign.

In an Oval Office interview with the Daily Caller on Tuesday, Trump said of Nike: "I think it's a awful 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 bad message and a message that shouldn't be sent". "And I think we need to have a change across the US".

Kaepernick has walked away from football and it doesn't appear he's any closer to signing with a team again.

Other players followed suit, starting a movement. The league tried to implement a policy requiring players on the field to stand, but it was put on hold as the Players' Association negotiates the details. It's led to some cutting out the logo and setting their sneakers on fire while some businesses owners say they will still sell Nike gear. Kaepernick has not played in the National Football League since the 2016 season, but he has had the top-selling jersey several times since his demonstration was first noticed that year, and since other players took up the cause. Many professional athletes have gone public with their antipathy toward Trump, and several have publicly accused the president of racism, citing his equivocation over the white supremacists who violently protested in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago and other actions. He opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract in March 2017.

Nike's endorsement deal with Kaepernick sparked a heated debate as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing the controversial athlete.

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