What To Know
The advertisement is a part of a greater campaign celebrating the 30-year anniversary of "Just Do It" and features Kaepernick narrating a commercial titled "Dream Crazy." It highlights athletes that have overcome severe challenges, including new Nike signing Shaquem Griffin, the first NFL player ever to play with only one hand.
Nike’s commitment to Kaepernick -- who first caused controversy back in 2016 by kneeling during the National Anthem -- has caused immense backlash, prompting a #BoycottNike campaign and even saw President Trump chime in.
Why It's Important
The decision to feature Kaepernick thrusts the company into the conversation leading into the NFL kickoff.
“If anything it makes the company very relevant leading up the the season,” sports attorney Darren Heitner told Benzinga.
NPD Group's Matt Powell said Kaepernick is just part of a long-term branding story for Nike as it goes after a more liberal and progressive Millennial and Gen Z population, and that the backlash it sees from Baby Boomers is a non-issue, at least in the short term.
While Nike's stock fell 3 percent Tuesday, shares closed marginally higher Wednesday at $79.92. The stock is up about 27 percent in 2018.
The commercial is scheduled to air during Thursday's Atlanta Falcons-Philadelphia Eagles season opener.