The Internet Is Undefeated With These Colin Kaepernick-Inspired Nike Memes

Danny Woods
September 8, 2018

The former NFL quarterback who has become famous for his kneeling protests of social and racial injustices during the national anthem stars in the ad, which premiered during NBC's broadcast of the season-opening game between the Eagles and Falcons.

Nike uniforms are vestimenta non grata at the College of the Ozarks after the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.

At the start of the ad, Kaepernick says: "If people say your dreams are insane, if they laugh at what you think you can do, good".

Narrated by Kaepernick, the ad includes appearances by other high-profile African-American athletes Odell Beckham Jr., LeBron James and Serena Williams.

The ad prompted a #BoycottNike campaign where several people Tweeted videos of themselves burning their Nikes in protest. "Even if it means sacrificing everything", over a photo of trooper Tyler Edenhofer, who was killed in July after a struggle with a suspect.

The comedian, who is now more well known for releasing sometimes head-scratching paintings through Twitter than anything else, released a painting celebrating Nike's partnership with Kaepernick.

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The president's son shared his own version of the ad on Instagram Wednesday, featuring President Trump instead of the National Football League player-turned-activist. He also said Nike didn't tell him the ad was coming. "It's one of those things, Nike, the message they're putting out there is, 'Don't let anyone tell you you can't".

Nike's online sales reportedly jumped 31 percent from Sunday to Tuesday, the day after the campaign's initial debut.

Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016, in Santa Clara, California.

"I stand for anybody that believes in change".

"There, fixed it for you", the caption said, followed by #maga. "And I also feel like it's less exciting to consumers".

Like Kaepernick, Boyer is who I turn to when I want opinions on the bigger issues in this country and how they relate to sports.

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