Georgia University Cuts Ties With Nike After Colin Kaepernick Ad

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Christian actor Kevin Sorbo, known for his roles in movies like "God's Not Dead" and "Soul Surfer", recently poked fun at Nike over the company's ad campaign with former National Football League star Colin Kaepernick.

A tiny university in Georgia is making big claims. Last month, the former quarterback filed an application to trademark his signature "I'm With Kap" slogan for use on jerseys, shirts, hoodies, caps and other apparel.

"For Nike to then hire Colin Kaepernick, a person known for wearing pigs on his socks, mocking law enforcement, kneeling against our flag, and mocking our troops, is reprehensible to my family and to the Truett McConnell family".

Two-thirds of adult Americans believe NFL players have the right to kneel in protest during the national anthem, but the country is divided as to whether they actually approve of the demonstrations, according to poll results released by Quinnipiac University on Thursday.

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"In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America", the college's president, Jerry Davis, said. Any remaining products will be donated to Wounded Warriors and the Fraternal Order of Police, according to the release.

Truett McConnell University is a small liberal arts college with a student population of 2,600 students.

Experts say that by continuing to insert himself into the ongoing debate regarding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, Trump may have inadvertently helped out Nike by criticizing the brand on Twitter. The company's decision to use Kaepernick, who is now claiming the league colluded against his employment in a lawsuit, isn't the first time the athletic apparel company has used its brand platform to advocate for a cause or push for social change. He concluded, "If Nike chooses to apologize to our troops and to our law enforcement officers, then - and only then - will TMU reconsider their brand. They are the true heroes". "We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field", Kent said.

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