College of the Ozarks cuts ties with Nike over controversial Kaepernick ad

Colin Kaepernick

On Wednesday, Tennis star, Serena Williams spoke out in support of Kaepernick, both have endorsement deals with Nike.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the airing have not been formally announced.

Nike's ad slogan is a nod to the 30-year-old Kaepernick, who has taken a much-publicised stance against racial injustice since he began kneeling, rather than standing, during the national anthem ahead of NFL games.

On Sept. 5, Nike unveiled a star-studded new "Dream Crazy" TV spot featuring Kaepernick, promoting the idea that "calling a dream insane isn't an insult; it's a compliment".

In addition to being featured in commercials, it's believed that Kaepernick will have his own clothing line with Nike in the near future.

Kaepernick, who almost led the 49ers to a Super Bowl title but has not been on an National Football League roster since 2016, has filed a lawsuit accusing the National Football League of colluding to keep him off the field because of protests.

"So don't ask if your dreams are insane, ask if they are insane enough", Kaepernick said at the end of the ad.

LeBron James said this week that he "stands with Nike" while he reaffirmed that on Twitter on Wednesday night. Martin told the news station that he called Nike "the mother of all harlots" for the campaign and criticized their use of the term "sacrificed everything".

"The NAIA also understands that the freedom of speech - and the right to peaceful protest - are indisputable rights in the United States", a statement from the sanctioning body said in October of 2017.

Nike gear won't be worn by athletic teams at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., in response to the shoe and apparel company's Colin Kaepernick advertising campaign. Someone as big as Nike is making a stand.

"Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts", Trump tweeted.

"Don't ask if your dreams are insane, ask if they're insane enough", Kaepernick said in the ad.

U.S. president Donald Trump slammed the decision while others posted pictures of burning Nike trainers and clothing in protest.

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