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Trump calls Nike's Kaepernick ads 'a terrible message'

Donald Trump has hit back at Nike for its campaign using a controversial American footballer, by saying it sends "a terrible message".
The US president was responding to the sportswear maker's adverts featuring Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback whose decision to kneel during the national anthem sparked anger.
Mr Trump told the Daily Caller news site: "I think as far as sending a message, I think it's a terrible message and a message that shouldn't be sent. There's no reason for it."And he appeared to send what could be interpreted as a coded warning, saying: "Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent."Niketown New York is located at 6 East 57th Street in New York City, one of the buildings in the Trump Organisation's property portfolio.
Trump calls Nike's Kaepernick ads 'a terrible message'

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Colin Kaepernick is suing the NFL having not played since 2017
Nike's shares dropped by 2% after it was criticised for its new campaign.Some fans burned clothes, cut off the trademark Nike swoosh and called for a boycott in protest at the new deal with quarterback Kaepernick, who has not yet signed a deal for this season.The deal has angered many who see Kaepernick as a controversial figure.His kneeling move came during the 2016 NFL season and was designed to draw attention to racism and police brutality.
When you find out #nike is supporting #ColinKaepernick #BoycottNike ??? pic.twitter.com/EQRGcPoaFr— Kolten Conrad (@conrad_kolten) September 4, 2018
The quarterback had a previous deal with Nike but it was due to expire. Kaepernick renegotiated the deal and became one of the faces of the brand's 30th anniversary of the Just Do It tagline.
The NFL and Nike have also extended their partnership until 2028, with Nike providing all NFL teams with game-day kits and sideline clothing.Nike is not the only sportswear company to suffer a slide on Tuesday morning, with Puma and Adidas also dropping by about the same percentage points.
First the @NFL forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country. I chose country. Then @Nike forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive? pic.twitter.com/4CVQdTHUH4— Sean Clancy (@sclancy79) September 3, 2018
Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks. Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions. pic.twitter.com/h8kj6RXe7j— John Rich (@johnrich) September 3, 2018
Robert Pavlik, from SlateStone Wealth LLC, said the drop may be more to do with the markets' strong run for the last three weeks.Social media has been divided over the issue of a protest and boycott of the Kaepernick deal.Some have stated Nike will never get their money again.Other have called for people to give their Nike items to homeless veterans instead of throwing them away or burning them.Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since early 2017, is suing the organisation - claiming that team owners have frozen him out to due to his activism.The kneeling protest has become a divisive issue within the NFL, with Donald Trump calling players who kneel "sons of b******".However, he has not yet waded in on the new campaign.
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