Colin Kaepernick deserves endorsement even if he's not in the NFL


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell spoke to his sources within Seattle’s organization and uncovers a different story of how their issues with Kaepernick unfolded.

You can forgive the Adidas executive who on Friday said the company would be interested in signing a deal with Colin Kaepernick, apparently unaware Kaepernick has an existing deal with Nike.

The forgiveness ends there.

Inexplicably, Nike did not bother to clear up the situation until late Wednesday afternoon. In response to a request for comment from USA TODAY Sports, the company issued a statement that read, “Colin Kaepernick is currently a Nike athlete and has been one since 2011.”

Yet since Kaepernick first refused to stand for the national anthem in August 2016, Nike has yet to specifically address how it feels about Kaepernick’s protests and social activism, despite the company’s “EQUALITY” campaign that launched in January and features four other athletes — LeBron James, Michael Bennett, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Megan Rapinoe.

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