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From the heart The 46-year-old former football player said he thinks he would have and probably also would been proactive to further organize the movement

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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. This year, as with last, online sales of Nike products dropped on the Sunday of the holiday and rebounded on Monday and Tuesday.

"I've bought my last pair of Nike shoes", he said, explaining that he was done with Nike due to their endorsement of former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick, who started the national anthem protests by declaring that he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color".

In the wake of Nike's new ad, calls for a boycott of the company have swelled, and fake posts claiming colleges and towns are cutting ties with Nike have sprung up.

Narrated by Kaepernick, the advert touches on the saga of NFL players protesting against racial inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. "My wife, who was raised under the oppression of socialistic communism, became a citizen five years ago, joyfully pledging allegiance to these United States and her flag".

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"But I also would've been proactive in getting more organized because I do believe that there needs to be more organization between the players and the ownership", he added.

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

"We have to look at the bigger picture and understand in America that we're under assault", Owens said. The team will switch to Adidas uniforms.

Truett McConnell University (TMU) in Cleveland announced Friday that it will stop carrying Nike products in its campus store, and donate the proceeds from any remaining products to Wounded Warriors, a veterans charity, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

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Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University, told USA Today they are looking at their relationship with Nike.

"I know there are a number of high schools and colleges who are dropping Nike", he said.

The campaign was launched over the Labour Day weekend in the US.

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