Missouri college plans to strip athletes of Nike branding over Kaepernick controversy


NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. - Tiger Woods responded favorably to Nike's ad featuring Colin Kaepernick that made its television debut during Thursday night's season-opening National Football League game, saying, "It's a lovely spot".

"I think Nike's trying to get out ahead of it and try and do something that's special".

Tiger Woods on Friday called the ad a "beautiful spot".

Nike revealed this week that Kaepernick was the face of its 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign.

The footwear and apparel maker's campaign this week further stoked a national debate over social justice that Kaepernick and other NFL players sparked with their protests aimed at addressing police brutality against minorities, racial injustice, and reforming the criminal justice system.

"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad a year ago comparison", Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump, who has criticized the players' demonstration in the past, again took to social media to voice his displeasure.

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According to Edison Trends, an e-commerce research firm, Nike's online sales soared 31 percent following labor day weekend.

Despite a steep initial loss after the announcement of the controversial ad, Nike's stock (NKE) reversed its losses and climbed to $80.30, an increase of one percent from the drop to $79.01 on Tuesday.

In October 2017, College of the Ozarks revised its contracts for competition in all sports, adding a stipulation that all participating players and coaches show respect for the American flag and national anthem. Nike ran its first ad featuring Kaepernick on Monday.

"I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored (for Kaepernick)", she said. "I think Nike's on the right side of history with this move", he told ESPN.

Two-time Academy Award victor James Woods publicly dropped stock in the company and encouraged others to do the same.

"The Nike Corporation has not acted responsibly", he told Brian Kilmeade, explaining the college's decision is based on "civic responsibility".