Friday, 18 September 2020 07:15

RACISM: Nike's All-black Colin Kaepernick Jersey Sells Out in Less Than a Minute

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Nike issued an all-black jersey to celebrate the four years after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem to openly condemn racial inequality and social injustice.

Nike reported to CNN the Symbol Jersey 2.0, which retails for $150, went on sale Thursday morning and sold out in less than a minute.
This isn't the first time Nike's Kaepernick-themed merchandise has sold out fast. The Symbol Jersey 1.0 was launched last year, and Kaepernick revealed the jersey was selling out in around 10 hours. In 2018, a Kaepernick Hero shirt sold out in a couple of hours, Kaepernick said on social media.

"I took a knee four years ago to condemn institutional inequality and racial oppression. It was that day that something greater than football, something greater than me, will come to embody the number on my jersey," Kaepernick wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.

"Since then the number 7 jersey has been a metaphor for the development of Black & Brown peoples' empowerment and well-being. Thank you for keeping real."

In August, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he wished Kaepernick had "listened earlier." With national protests erupting across the country over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Jacob Blake, the NFL has launched a set of social justice initiatives, which includes stenciling "It Takes All Of Us" and "End Racism" in the end zones all season long.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since opting out of his contract at the end of the 2016 season when he first began to kneel, and he filed a lawsuit alleging that NFL team owners colluded to keep him from being signed. He settled a collusion grievance with the NFL along with Reid last year.
Nike said in a statement, "Through his continuous commitment, the number 7 jersey has become an iconic symbol for progress and positive change. Colin and Nike team up together once again, this time with a Triple Black jersey, paying homage to the anniversary of Kaepernick seeking what's true."

 

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