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Colin Kaepernick New Face Of Nike Campaign

Nike created quite the buzz earlier this week when it was announced that NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick would be the face of the footwear giant’s 30th anniversary of the company’s “Just Do It” slogan ad campaign.

Kaepernick, who has made major headlines for his on-field kneeling during the national anthem, is also suing the league’s owners for colluding to keep him off an NFL roster.

As one could imagine, Nike’s decision to feature Kaepernick on its campaign created a social media firestorm. Some voiced their support for the campaign and for the former 49ers quarterback.

🗣🗣🗣🗣Just.Do.It ✊🏾 @kaepernick7

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Others were outraged and even cut the famous Nike swoosh logo out of their clothing and shoes.

On Wednesday Nike unveiled their first commercial spot featuring a voiceover by Kaepernick.

Local Reaction

Some local athletes, including Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, voiced their support for the campaign and for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert offered a solution to those who were destroying their Nike products.

Jazz fan Clint Peterson did just what Gobert suggested, earning a retweet from the Defensive Player of the Year.

This is only the beginning for Nike’s partnership with Kaepernick. Conflicting reports suggest that Kaepernick-endorsed apparel and shoes could be on their way.