Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Trump tweets disapproval of National Football League before season openers

Trump tweets disapproval of National Football League before season openers

President Donald Trump attacked Nike over its support of Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday as the first video advert featuring the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was unveiled.

The sportswear company's sales surged 31 per cent compared to previous year over the Labor Day weekend, according to digital commerce research company Edison Trends.

Gov. Dan Patrick, who's campaigning by flying around in a private jet and speaking in front of local TV cameras at airports, made his newest push for re-election, flogging Nike and and former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a new radio spot and a social media campaign that encourages Republicans to boycott the company.

Nike sales grew 31% from Sunday through Tuesday over the Labor Day holiday this year compared with the previous year, according to Edison Trends.

But the ad has the backing of many top athletes, Williams and National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James appearing in the video, and the message - "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything" - drew praise from Woods.

So offended, that not only did they swear to never again purchase Nike products, but also felt compelled to passionately destroy whatever Swoosh-adorned apparel they already owned, and had already given Nike their money for.

"The research confirms that, at least for now, the company is suffering no negative repercussions in sales", an Edison Trends report said.

"Serena and I talk quite a bit but what she is doing is just truly remarkable", Woods said.

A Missouri college has dropped Nike gear from their athletic teams over the company's decision to use Colin Kaepernick in their new advertising campaign.

Kaepernick has become a polarising figure after refusing to stand for the national anthem in 2016 in an effort to draw attention to racial injustice in America.

One of those took to social media, ranting: "I can't believe THIS is the guy that @Nike want's to be the "FACE" of their company!" "It's a lovely spot and pretty powerful people (are) in the spot". "I don't think it's appropriate what they did", Trump said in an interview with Fox News before a rally in Montana thursday night.

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