Colin Kaepernick's first advert with Nike has dropped

The former president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is backing another embattled U.S. athlete... this time coming to the defense of Colin Kaepernick

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the face of a new Nike campaign to mark 30 years of the "Just Do It" slogan.

On Wednesday morning, the athlete released a new commercial with the famous brand that urges consumers to dream big no matter what the naysayers say.

"If people say your dreams are insane, if they laugh at what people think you can do, good", Kaepernick says in the ad as a skateboarder aces a stunt. "Stay that way!" he shared in the two-minute video. Stay that way. Because what non-believers fail to understand is that calling a dream insane is not an insult, it's a compliment.

Through the video, several deserving individuals are given the spotlight and prove that rough beginnings can lead to greatness.

There were 2.7 million mentions of Nike over the previous 24 hours, the social media analysis firm Talkwalker said at midday, an increase of 135 percent over the previous week. It was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company's clothes and sneakers - even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, President Donald Trump, who has been strongly critical of the protest movement Kaepernick sparked, said: "I think as far as sending a message, I think it's a awful message and a message that shouldn't be sent". "And if companies do that, and encourage people to get more politically involved, then that's something", says Pearl Jacobs, of New Rochelle.

Nike's ad featuring Colin Kaepernick sparked opinions on social media nearly instantly. An arbitrator allowed Kaepernick to proceed with a lawsuit against the league last month. The ad also features some lesser-known athletes who have beaten extraordinary odds like Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed football player who was recently drafted into the NFL. It will be us walking into stores, with the service guy coming up like, 'Hey buddy, can I help you with anything?'.

"Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts", Trump tweeted.

The tweet inspired more players to kneel, which revived the issue between the players and their rights within the NFL. "I mean, he did lose his job and he stood for something I feel like that he wanted to stand for".

College of the Ozarks announced last fall that all of its coaches and players would be required to stand for the national anthem before events. The evening culminated in the reveal of the latest LeBron James Nike basketball shoe: a women's sneaker designed by three female African-American designers and inspired by strong African-American women.

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