Here is why Americans are burning Nike products

Cristina Cross
September 5, 2018

And in a bold move the President cast a threat toward the sportswear giant.

As part of the endorsement deal, Nike will produce Kaepernick apparel including shoes, T-shirts and will also donate to his Know Your Rights campaign.

Kaepernick became well-known for his take a knee protest during National Football League games in 2016, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest police brutality in the US.

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Some of the more rabid Kaepernick critics chose to start burning their own Nikes to show their anger, while others - like country musician John Rich of Big & Rich - took to Instagram to show that others are simply defacing their Nike gear in protest of the company's iconic swoosh logo.

"He's done a lot for the African-American community, and it's cost him a lot", Williams said in a press conference Tuesday night. "It's sad. But he continues to do the best that he can".

"I don't think Nike is quaking in their boots". I would love to see how they would protest Home Depot: 'The walls in my house must go!' And also, I'm not going to lie, those flaming Nikes makes me nearly want to pay more. And it's their choice. "If this was a practical joke, it would be one of the greatest practical jokes of all time".

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"One of the things that I always teach my students is 'Say it, forget it, write it, regret it, '" said James. Maybe I can just influence one person, and that makes a change already. While some supported Kaepernick, stating that his protest did not disrespect the flag or the country, others joked on how people burning their Nike products made no difference to the company as they already purchased them.

Trump has been a vocal opponent of athletes who kneel during the national anthem to raise awareness about police brutality against black Americans and other racial injustices.

Kaepernick, who has played in the NFL since 2016, filed a grievance against the league in October 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him off the field because of the protests.

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