Colin Kaepernick has new deal with Nike though he's not in NFL

Nike debuts powerful Colin Kaepernick'Just Do It campaign

Nike debuts powerful Colin Kaepernick'Just Do It campaign

The company didn't use Kaepernick as much in the last two years, however, even as he started a trend in professional sports by kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

Kaepernick, 30, signed a sponsorship deal with Nike in 2011 and has been kept on its payroll throughout the kneeling controversy, ESPN reported.

The New York Times reported on August 30 that an arbitrator appointed by the NFL Players Association ruled Kaepernick and his legal team had unearthed enough evidence for the case to proceed to a full court hearing.

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"Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything", reads one of the ads with Kaepernick's face on it. Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin is one of five other athletes featured in the campaign.

"We wanted to energize its meaning and introduce "Just Do It" to a new generation of athletes", Fisanotti told ESPN. The quarterback has been a free agent since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season and, so far, no other team has extended him an offer.

Back in April, Adidas made it known that it would be interested in signing embattled free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick if he ended up playing in the National Football League this year.

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President Donald Trump has called players who "disrespect" the USA flag "sons of bitches" and called for them to be sacked. She did not respond to questions about the latest ad campaign. Even so, the protests have persisted through the preseason and the National Football League has said it is in discussions with the players union on the policy.

On Thursday, arbitrator Stephen Burbank denied the league's request to dismiss the case, which means he found sufficient evidence for the case to continue and perhaps go to trial. He is now suing the National Football League (NFL) claiming he is being kept out of the league because of his part in the protests.

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