Colin Kaepernick Special Nike Jacket Sells Out in Seconds | 22 Words

In September 2016, Colin Kaepernick's career took a drastic turn after he was seen kneeling during the National Anthem. This year, despite his chances of playing in the NFL being rather slim, it looks like he's doing pretty well off the field...

Colin Kaepernick has been in high demand off the field recently...

Especially when it comes to his new Nike collaboration.

Although he still hasn't received a single offer from any NFL club...

Kaepernick is now part of something much "greater than football..."

A little bit about Colin Kaepernick...

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Kaepernick, born in Milwaukee in 1987, is a former quarterback-turned-activist who is known for his political activism regarding systematic racism against African-Americans.

Kneeling for what he believes in...

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In 2016, during the 49ers third preseason game, Kaepernick began kneeling during the US national anthem prior to games, rather than standing as is customary.

He knelt during the national anthem in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the US.

Speaking in an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."

His kneeling was a sign of respect.

Kaepernick later said that he "couldn't show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." He opted for kneeling over sitting, however, as a sign of respect for the men and women who fight for the United States.

Kaepernick's actions inspired others...

His teammate, Eric Reid, soon began to kneel beside him, alongside other teammates such as Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold, Jaquiski Tartt, and Rashard Robinson.

The NFL's response wasn't positive...

Initially, the NFL released a statement claiming that players were only encouraged, and not required, to stand during the national anthem. But, in 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent. No team would offer him a contract, and, in October of that year, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him signed.

Yet players still continued to kneel.

After Kaepernick's attorney stated that "athletes who protest peacefully should not be punished", public backlash mounted until team owners declared that all team personnel on the field must "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

This announcement caused even more outrage...

If any team members where caught kneeling during the anthem, the team would be fined and the decision would be upon the team leader whether or not they punish that particular player. This did not sit well with the players, nor did it with the rest of America.

Kaepernick was used as the face for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign...

For the thirtieth anniversary of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign in September 2018, Colin Kaepernick was used as the frontman of the global phenomenon, along with the headline: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."

Kaepernick is now endorsed by Nike.

The "sacrifice" is clearly in reference to his kneeling protests that resulted in him not being able to participate in the sport anymore. The fact that Nike used his image and beliefs to promote their brand is a huge step forward for the rights of black Americans and the racial injustices that still go on to this very day.

And he has had had a flurry of support from thousands of people all over the world...

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Which is clearly growing, as Nike's latest collaboration with Kaepernick sold out instantly.

The limited-edition CK7 jersey went live on its website Thursday morning...

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Although fans hardly got a chance to put it in their cart before they all sold out.

The jersey is called the icon 2.0 and has been brought out to mark 4 years since Kaepernick's demonstration in the NFL.

It might look somewhat familiar to sports fans, and LeBron James wore the "triple back" to a game just last week!

Nike was selling the jersey for $150, which might sound expensive...

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But after flying off the shelves, they were being resold for more than double that price!

One even sold for $400!

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$400 to $500 seems to be the price range people are reselling the jersey.

This isn't unusual and has in fact happened with other Colin Kaepernick collaborations, such as the Air Force 1 sneakers back in 2019.

Colin posted about the Nike jersey on Instagram, saying: "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."

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Kaepernick has since been named the top free-agent QB in the Madden 2021 video game.

Let's just hope he can get back on the field soon!

Keep scrolling for more on Kaepernick, and his "fake interest" from teams...