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Arizona Makes a Move Against Nike Over Axed Flag Sneakers

The company is facing a backlash after pulling the shoe at Colin Kaepernick's urging

(Newser) - An uproar quickly sprang up following Nike's decision to pull a planned patriotic shoe days before the 4th of July. The shoe featured the "Betsy Ross flag," which has a circle of 13 stars to represent the 13 colonies, and Colin Kaepernick reportedly urged the sportswear company... More »

Report: After Kaepernick Complaint, Nike Pulls 'Betsy Ross' Shoe

Company yanks shoe that featured an early version of the American flag

(Newser) - A patriotic sneaker featuring an early version of the American flag has been abruptly pulled by Nike just days before the Fourth of July—and sources say Colin Kaepernick helped persuade the company to change course. Insiders tell the Wall Street Journal that the former 49ers quarterback, who is one... More »

Kaepernick Settles With NFL Over Alleged Collusion

No team has hired quarterback since he took a knee

(Newser) - The debate isn’t over, but the legal case is. The NFL settled a collusion complaint Friday with Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, CNBC reports. The complaint said the players were blackballed, which violated the league’s collective bargaining agreement, for kneeling when the national anthem was played before games... More »

Sports Store's Nike Boycott a Factor in Its Demise

'This was about principle,' says Prime Time Sports owner Stephen Martin

(Newser) - A man's counter-protest to Colin Kaepernick's taking a knee is putting his sports store out of business . Stephen Martin, owner of Prime Time Sports in Colorado Springs, opted to drop all Nike gear after Nike debuted its 30th anniversary ad campaign featuring Kaepernick last fall. Now, he can... More »

Amid Super Bowl Flap, a Message From Adam Levine

Maroon 5 singer says he thought hard about halftime show, those angry at him 'will be heard'

(Newser) - "We got you." Per ET.com , that's Adam Levine's cryptic message on what he and Maroon 5 will do Sunday during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, a performance the band is getting a lot of flak for from fans angered by the NFL's treatment... More »

NFL Cheerleader Takes a Knee During Anthem

Unidentified woman kneels before 49ers game, believed to be the first

(Newser) - The NFL anthem protests appeared to take a notable turn Thursday night when a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem. Wire services don't have the image yet, but you can see it in tweeted photos here and here . The unidentified woman is... More »

Gold Medalist Stunned Over Latest USA Gymnastics Move

Simone Biles is critical of organization's new interim leader

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics is trying to get past months of scandal—but as of Saturday, their house is still rocking. The organization's appointment of Mary Bono as interim president and CEO landed with a shockwave when gold medalist Simone Biles reacted in disbelief: "*Mouth drop* ... don't worry, it'... More »

After Kaepernick Ad, Nike Shares Hit a High

Sales went up after the ad was released

(Newser) - Despite the backlash (including people destroying gear and calling for a boycott) to its Colin Kaepernick ad campaign, Nike appears to be doing OK. Case in point: Nike shares reached an all-time high of $83.49 on Friday, CBS reports. Far from hurting sales, the ad campaign seems to be... More »

Louisiana Mayor Rescinds His Nike Ban

Says he did so on advice of city attorney

(Newser) - The mayor of a New Orleans suburb says he's rescinding his order banning his city's recreation department from purchasing Nike products for use at city recreation facilities, the AP reports. Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said at a news conference Wednesday that he did so on the advice of... More »

Mayor Issues Memo Banning Nike Products

Parks and recreation department can no longer purchase Nike products, he says

(Newser) - The mayor of a New Orleans suburb is banning the city's parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, the AP reports. The memo by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn to the parks and recreation director says Nike products cannot be purchased for use at the city's recreation facilities.... More »

Only 2 NFL Players Took a Knee for the Anthem

Kaepernick praises Dolphins players

(Newser) - Last season, the Seattle Seahawks led the league when it came to the number of players willing to make a statement while the national anthem played. To start this season, that wave of Seahawks has dwindled to only two players. Linemen Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson walked off the field... More »

Missouri College Dumps Its Nike Uniforms

College of the Ozarks accuses company of disrespecting America

(Newser) - Nike uniforms are vestimenta non grata at the College of the Ozarks after the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The private Christian college in Missouri announced Thursday that its athletic teams will no longer buy Nike uniforms and any it has now will be removed, the Kansas City Star... More »

Nike Reveals 'Dream Crazy' Kaepernick Commercial

Ad will appear during opening NFL telecast Thursday

(Newser) - "Don't ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if they're crazy enough," says Colin Kaepernick, urging viewers to reach for and exceed their wildest dreams in Nike's first full-length ad of its new campaign featuring the former San Francisco 49er. In the "Dream Crazy"... More »

Nike's 'Just Do It' Slogan Was Born From a 1977 Execution

Gary Gilmore uttered 'Let's do it' before his death by firing squad

(Newser) - Amid the reactions—most recently from President Trump and LeBron James —to Colin Kaepernick's new campaign with Nike in honor of its 30-year-old slogan comes an unusual sidebar from the Washington Post on the origins of those three words. As it turns out, "Just Do It" was... More »

LeBron Speaks on Nike Kaepernick Campaign

'I stand with Nike, all day, every day'

(Newser) - Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he "stands with Nike," a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign . The basketball superstar—and new Los Angeles Laker —made the remarks as he received an award Tuesday for both... More »

Trump Weighs In on Kaepernick's Nike Ad

'A terrible message'

(Newser) - The backlash over Colin Kaepernick's appearance in Nike's latest ad campaign continues: Now President Trump has weighed in. "I think it’s a terrible message," Trump tells the Daily Caller . "I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of... More »

Nike Faces Backlash Over Kaepernick Campaign

He's the face of 'Just Do It' anniversary

(Newser) - Nike has taken its own advice to "Just Do It"—with the "It" being "Get involved in the NFL national anthem controversy." The company, days before the start of the new football season, has signed up former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the... More »

After Routing Sister, Serena Praises a Fan in the Stands

She says everyone should be 'grateful and honored' for Colin Kaepernick

(Newser) - Serena Williams kept booming big shots for winners, never allowing herself to feel sorry for the overmatched player on the other side. So what if it happened to be her big sister? The Williams sisters learned long ago in careers that have spanned 20 years and 30 meetings as professionals... More »

Arbitrator Won't Dismiss Kaepernick's NFL Grievance

That means it's going to trial

(Newser) - An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice, the AP reports. Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos... More »

Colin Kaepernick's Lawyers Seeking to Subpoena Trump

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners have already been deposed in the case

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL is expected to reach all the way to the White House as the quarterback and his lawyers prepare to seek federal subpoenas to compel the testimony of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and others, according to Yahoo Sports . Kaepernick filed a... More »

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