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No plans at this time for Air Force Athletics to stop wearing Nike apparel

Posted at 9:16 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 00:53:42-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Air Force Athletics said there are no discussions underway to change the current athletic apparel contract with Nike.

Nike made headlines recently with its decision to feature ex-49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of the company’s “Just Do It” campaign.

Associate Athletic Director Troy Garnhart provided the following statement to News 5:

“The Air Force Academy has an athletic apparel contract with Nike through our Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation (AFAAC). AFAAC is a non-federal 501c3 non-profit operation that exists to support Air Force athletics. There have been no discussions at this time about any changes to that contract.”

Nike’s decision to feature Kaepernick as the face of the ad campaign caused a backlash among some people, including the owner of Prime Time Sports who is selling Nike merchandise at 50 percent off to get it out of his store.

Kaepernick began kneeling during the singing of the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial inequality.