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Colin Kaepernick is the Face of Nike’s 30th Anniversary “Just Do It” Campaign, Signature Collection Also in the Works

Colin Kaepernick, social activist, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.

A Nike endorser since 2011, Kaepernick broke the news today on Twitter by revealing the first advertisement from the upcoming campaign. A biting, visceral image, shows Colin’s face in intimate detail. Centered into a noir backdrop overlaying the intricacies of his skin, the words “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” speak in a deafening and cunning tone.

The ad, of course, leans generously into the outcome of Kaepernick’s social injustice protest and subsequent removal from the NFL. Kaepernick famously sat during the national anthem in August 2016 and kneeled during America’s song in weeks thereafter. Other NFL players quickly and forcefully followed his lead.

In the two years since Colin’s initial peaceful protest, it’s largely believed he has been “blackballed” from the league. Kaepernick, in turn, filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October, stating they organized an effort to keep him out of the league based on his social and political beliefs.

Nike’s restored commitment to Kaepernick seemingly works in contrast with one of their biggest business partners — the National Football League. Renewing its deal as the league’s official apparel provider back in March — an agreement that will continue through 2028 — Nike realigning with Kaep appears grossly in opposition given his very public court battle with the NFL. Yet, he’s the face of a hugely important campaign for Nike, one that will also feature LeBron James, Serena Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., Lacey Baker, and Shaquem Griffin.

Although Kaepernick has been on the Nike roster for seven years now, he’s been visibly absent from brand advertisements for the last two. Nike seemed at a loss for what do to with Kaepernick during said period. However, as ESPN’s Darren Rovell points out, “Nike has been paying Colin Kaepernick all along.”

His presence in the budding “Just Do It” campaign represents newness for both parties, as Kaepernick’s representatives — Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas — reportedly worked to restructure his deal in recent months. As stated by Charles Robinson, a senior NFL reporter from Yahoo Sports, Kaep’s new deal with Nike will be on par with other top-tier football players. His “star” contract is reported to pay him in the millions of dollars per year. In addition, Colin will have his own branded collection that will include sneakers, jerseys, and shirts. It’s also worth noting that “star” contracts in the past have included a clause for royalties.

While Nike should be applauded for championing Kaepernick with an extended contract and newly heightened brand visibility, interest from other sportswear brands may have thrust them into motion. Back in April, Adidas publicly stated that they had an interest in signing Colin if he played for an NFL team in the upcoming season which kicks off later this week. However, given the climate of Kaepernick’s legal battle with the league, it’s off base to assume that Adidas had any real assurance that Kaepernick would suit up in the NFL this season.

It’s actually a foregone conclusion that Kaepernick won’t play in the NFL this season. And, if you’re keeping pace, evident that he won’t play in the NFL at any point in the future. So how does Nike promote a football player who’s no longer a professional football player? That’s simple; Colin Kaepernick was never just a football player to begin with. The same way Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Serena Williams, and countless others aren’t just athletes. They are all so much more. That’s always been the driving force.

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LaVar Ball Pulls LiAngelo from UCLA, Big Baller Brand Gelo 3 in the Works

LaVar Ball has put one son in the NBA as fans will tell you; he’s also pulled two from school as critics will point out. Following home schooling youngest son LaMelo Ball as announced this summer, middle child LiAngelo Ball has been pulled from UCLA after a shoplifting fiasco overseas in China.

Perhaps best for both LiAngelo and the program due to the controversy since created, with Gelo no longer being an NCAA athlete he no longer has to wear school mandated Under Armour and can create his own shoe. According to our own Nick DePaula and his ESPN colleague Jovan Buha, the Big Baller Brand Gelo 3 is in the works. Also of interest, Gelo’s short stay at UCLA included a pickup run with 2 Chainz and Kanye West where Yeezy debuted the Yeezy basketball shoe. Very rare.

This of course follows both Lonzo’s ZO2 and LaMelo’s Melo Ball 1, which follow signature tagging based off their nicknames and jersey number as opposed to order in which they released.

Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more details.

Lead image by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images via Zimbio

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See the Works of Yoshitomo Nara in His New Book ‘Drawings: 1984-2013′

Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s acclaimed works can now be seen in the release of his most recent book, Drawings: 1984-2013. The work of Nara has become well-known for its colored pencil and acrylic style, which often utilizes rudimentary and accessible canvases such as stationery, envelopes, and inexpensive paper. Much of the artist’s appeal resides in his ability to combine Japanese cultural elements such as manga and anime with hints of American pop culture. The book’s inner workings include not only marquee pieces, but also never-before-seen pieces, pieces not seen in the artist’s catalogue raisonné and an essay by Masue Kato. The book also coincides with a large-scale exhibition at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, which took place in spring of 2014. The book is available now at Amazon.

 


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Carmelo Anthony x Air Jordan 1 in the Works?


As of late, the idea of Jordan Brand athletes receiving their very own Air Jordan 1 has become pretty prevalent. With the iconic, and recently retired shortstop Derek Jeter garnering his very own Air Jordan 1 makeup, it seems only right that his NYC brethren Carmelo Anthony scores his own pair, as well. While confirmation from the Jordan Brand remains scarce, this latest model of the inaugural silhouette features a black and gold upper along with tonal accents that comprises the Jumpman logo along the heel. While release information is not available at the moment, stay tuned to Nice Kicks for the latest Air Jordan news and content.

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Olympian Gabby Douglas Works Out To Lil Wayne And Drake

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy with reporting by Debby Ryan

What music inspires a gold medal winner? Gabby Douglas, who won two gold medals for gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics, shared with MTV News that she listens to Lil Wayne and Drake while working out. 

“A lot of rap music. Lil Wayne and Drake, the edited versions of course, but it gets me really hyped up,” the 17-year-old shared at the premiere of Justin Bieber’s “Believe.”

The Biebs is also a playlist staple for the teen athlete. “I love his music. I listen to it every day,” she revealed.

Gabby is the first African American gymnast in history to win a gold medal in the individual all-around competition. In 2012, she wowed the country and the hip-hop community when she took home multiple gold medals. “Glad i lived to see what Gabby Douglas did in the Olympics. Icon” tweeted Lil’ Wayne, while producer Timbaland added, “yessir bigups to @gabrielledoug u did ur thang.” Singer Ciara shared, “Not only am I happy 4 U. I’m happy for your family 2! The sacrifices payed off! Keep inspiring Young Girls and Women like Me”.

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