Hillsborough police: Please don’t destroy your Nike shoes

September 4, 2018

The Hillsborough Police Department is asking people to donate their unwanted Nike shoes, instead of destroying them if they are angered by the company’s choice of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to be one of the faces of the 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.

Kaepernick, who famously took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games in 2016, said it was to protest several high-profile shooting deaths of black people by police.

Photos of people burning their shoes and cutting the Nike logo from their gear surfaced on social media following the ads’ release.

In a Facebook post, the Hillsborough Police Department asked people to not destroy their “good Nike shoes,” but to instead donate them to someone in need

Kaepernick remains unsigned and hasn’t played since 2016, but he started a movement that has polarized Americans. President Donald Trump has been critical of players for the protests.

In 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent when no team offered him a contract. That October, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him from being signed.

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