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Colin Kaepernick named face of Nike’s new 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign

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By MARK OSBORNE
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Controversial former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, currently embroiled in legal proceedings against the league over alleged collusion by owners, has been chosen as the new face of Nike.

Kaepernick tweeted Monday afternoon he was picked to helm the esteemed shoe brand’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign — a return to the slogan that made the company famous.

The quarterback, who knows a thing or two about the sentiment, tweeted a photo of himself with the quote, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” with the hashtag “JustDoIt.

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Colin Kaepernick

@Kaepernick7

PHOTO: San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 18, 2016.Mike McCarn/AP
San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 18, 2016.

In the fall, despite Kaepernick not being signed by any teams, President Donald Trump reignited the fury over his protests during a rally for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange.

Trump told the crowd in September 2017, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now?’

“You know, some owner … is going to say, ‘That guy who disrespects our flag, he’s fired,'” Trump said.

Though Trump didn’t mention Kaepernick by name — and he’s never mentioned Kaepernick on his Twitter account — he’s continued to be the focal point of criticism, mostly by conservatives.

PHOTO: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks to the media at a news conference, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. Denis Poroy/AP Photo
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks to the media at a news conference, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego.

Kaepernick, who is still unsigned, filed a grievance against the NFL saying owners colluded to keep him out of the league. Reid, who hasn’t been signed this offseason, also joined the grievance. An arbiter denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss the case last week, which paves the way for it to go to trial, Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, a fellow Nike athlete, offered support for her new stable mate after a match at the U.S. Open last week, and echoed those sentiments in a tweet Monday evening.

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Serena Williams

@serenawilliams

Especially proud to be a part of the Nike family today.

He had nothing but praise for Kaepernick, though, and advocated him being added to an NFL roster.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

@Ahmadinejad1956

The season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster. Even though he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league.