Nike just released a football jersey in honor of Colin Kaepernick called “The Icon Jersey 2.0.” The Jersey that retailed at $150, sold out in under one minute. Nike, who has been a long time supporter of Colin Kaepernick, teamed up with the ex NFL quarterback and released the Triple Black jersey. It was meant to pay homage to the anniversary of Kaepernick seeking what’s true.
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Four years ago, I took a knee to protest against systemic racism and social injustice. It was that day that the number on my jersey would come to represent something greater than football, something greater than me. Since then, the number 7 jersey has become a symbol for advancing the liberation and well-being of Black & Brown communities. Thank you for staying True. #TrueTo7
Colin Kaepernick was the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and took them to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. He started the #TakeAKnee movement after taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America. The movement was faced with backlash by both owners and some fans. Eric Reid, a teammate of Kaepernick, also kneeled in solidarity to help bring awareness to racial injustice and police brutality against Blacks. Both players, despite still being some of the best player in their respective positions, are still without an NFL contract.
Nike released a statement by Kaepernick on their site about the collaboration that said, “Four years ago Colin Kaepernick first took a knee to peacefully protest against systemic racism and social injustice. In the years since, he’s used his platform as an athlete to help advance the liberation and well-being of Black & Brown communities.” Collin wrote.
“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. True to each other. True to the movement. True to 7.” Nike wrote.