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Even if it means sacrificing everything.' Kaepernick caused controversy while playing for the San Francisco 49ers by refusing to stand during the national anthem - leading Trump to call him (and others who later joined) "sons of bitches".

People quickly began threatening to boycott Nike in response to the ad, with some even burning their shoes.

Retail analyst Mary Epner, the chief executive officer of Mary Epner Analysis, said: "I think that Nike made a decision to align themselves with Kaepernick because they stand for the same things".

John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich, tweeted along with a photo, "Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks".

Chinese billionaire arrested in Minneapolis
The chief executive of China's JD.com, Liu Qiangdong, was briefly arrested in the USA on accusations of criminal sexual conduct. Following the Chinese media accounts, JD.com said on its official microblog that the reports were untrue.

The selection of former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick as Nike's new spokesperson has some praising the athletic-wear company and others threatening to boycott it.

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. on September 12, 2016. No team signed him as a free agent in 2017.

Many on Twitter noticed Ahmadinejad's support for Kaepernick on Twitter and couldn't help but question Nike's decision.

In 2016 former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took the stance during the American national anthem, as a demonstration against the treatment of black Americans by authorities.

Maurizio Sarri reveals why Ruben Loftus-Cheek is struggling for playing time
I didn't know him or the players, but I knew the situation. "I am happy with him and he has improved a lot in the last 10 days". He's very young for a striker, he can improve more. "Cesc is still out", he said. "He is working in water.

Williams was also questioned about the role of athletes in social activism and responded: "I don't think athletes have a role to play".

Nike's shares dropped by 2% after the sports brand launched its new campaign with American footballer Colin Kaepernick.

The ad is a part of the 30th anniversary commemoration of the shoe brand's iconic "Just do it" slogan. Kaepernick and his former teammate Eric Reid, who was also one of the first players to kneel during the anthem, have filed grievances claiming owners have colluded to keep them out of the league.

However most responders were positive towards the campaign and the message of Nike, with many saying they would boost their consumption of the product from now on.

Donald Trump on free trade
Trump, who has called NAFTA a "rip off" for the US , called Monday's announcement a big win. Freeland is expected to travel to Washington for talks Tuesday, spokesman Adam Austen said.


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