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Uplifting ad features former 49ers quarterback staring at the American flag

Last Updated: September 5, 2018 @ 11:51 AM

Nike has released its first commercial with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as its new “Just Do It” spokesman.

The 2-minute spot, titled “Dream Crazy,” showcases an inspirational montage of athletes overcoming adversity to chase their dreams, with a voiceover by Kaepernick. He is also seen staring an image of the American flag in the ad. “Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if they’re crazy enough,” Kaepernick says at the end.

To some, Nike could be the ones considered “crazy” for having Kaepernick as the face of the campaign. The former NFL quarterback has become persona non-grata among some fans, as well as the Trump administration, for his kneeling during the national anthem, which sparked a wave of player protests.

Nike Nut Boots Gadea Nut Brown Ankle Women’s Silk 41283 wnqOY7g after announcing Kaepernick as its new spokesperson. Market capitalization is the market value of a publicly traded company’s outstanding shares. Some online protesters even took to Twitter to shred their Air Jordans and other Nike gear to voice their opposition to the company’s decision.

But the ad that Nike put out on Wednesday, which was created by Nike’s longtime ad agency Wieden+Kennedy, is inspirational in nature.

One of the other athletes in the ad is Shaquem Griffin, a rookie for the Seattle Seahawks. Griffin’s story — he is an amputee with one hand — was one of the more inspirational storylines leading up to last spring’s NFL Draft. He was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round and his brother, Shaquille, is on the team as well. Major Nike spokespeople Serena Williams and LeBron James are also featured prominently in the ad.

Nike unveiled the new “Just Do It” campaign over Labor Day weekend, tied to its 30th anniversary. “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt,” Kaepernick tweeted on Labor Day, echoing the words of the ad.

Despite not playing a professional football since 2016, Kaepernick has remained a Nike athlete with the company paying the entire, according to ESPN reporter Darren Rovell.

Kaepernick gained notoriety in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games as a means of raising awareness and protesting racial inequality in America, and the shooting deaths of unarmed black men, women and children by police officers. After playing for the 49ers that season, Kaepernick has yet to be signed by another team.

Kaepernick brought a lawsuit against the NFL, accusing the league of colluding to keep him from being signed by any NFL team. Last week a court issued him a preliminary win in his case, essentially granting a full hearing on the dispute, according to The New York Times, despite the NFL’s efforts to sweep the issue under the rug.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the campaign on Tuesday, telling The Daily Caller that “I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it.”

Nike is the official uniform maker for the NFL and recently extended its contract through 2028. The NFL season is set to kick off Thursday night on NBC when the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. Nike will run the ad during the game, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

You can watch Nike’s commercial above.

Colbert berated the author of the anonymous “resistance” op-ed in The New York Times for giving away the game

The talk of late night Thursday night was none other than the strange opinion editorial in The New York Times this week written by someone claiming to be an anonymous senior Trump administration official who said they are actively resisting Trump from inside the White House. And in his monologue on “The Late Show” Thursday night, Stephen Colbert couldn’t quite wrap his head around what was happening.

“Washington, D.C. is still reeling from yesterday’s op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous senior official inside the administration secretly working against the president. An op-ed that legally can only be described with one word,” Colbert said to open his monologue, prompting a montage of news anchors on all the news networks describing the column as “explosive.”

“They say ‘explosive.’ The word I would have used for this op-ed is ‘confusing,’ because if you’re inside the White House pretending to loyal to the president but secretly thwarting the president to protect the rest of us from him, why would you tell us?”

Colbert then presented an analogous fictional scenario to try to explain how stupid it would be if the person was for real working against Trump from inside the administration.

“Now he’ll try to stop you!” Colbert said. “Don’t worry, honey, I’m right behind the killer ready to grab the knife — and he’s turning around because he heard everything I just said. And… he’s stabbed me.”

Then Colbert made a crack about how those efforts would just be pointless anyway.

“According to the anonymous author, many of Trump’s senior officials are working diligently from within to frustrate his worst inclinations. And that’s not easy because all of Trump’s inclinations are tied for worst,” Colbert quipped. “This is a guy whose diet consists entirely of cheat days.”

You can watch Colbert’s monologue from Thursday’s episode of “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

Sir Paul gets cute with 30 Rock visitors ahead of appearance on “The Tonight Show”

On Thursday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Paul McCartney surprised fans by showing up unannounced during tours of NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Center. And the results are as predictably screamy as they are kind of adorable.

The gag saw McCartney, on hand to promote his latest album, “Egypt Station,” and perform songs from it, hanging out near the elevators on one of the NBC building’s floors and waiting as various tour groups cycled through when their elevator doors opened on the “wrong” floor. Sadly for the surprisees, Sir Paul didn’t sing any songs for the fans. But he did perform a fake magic trick, read a newspaper, play against Fallon in a game of ping pong, and other yuks that were, at least, better than the jokes in “Give My Regards to Broadstreet.”

The sketch ended with a troll of sorts, as Paul and Fallon performed The Beatles’ “Drive My Car,” only to see an empty elevator open in front of them. You can watch the whole thing, including Paul McCartney’s dad-cheese “yes way” when someone in an elevator shouts “no way,” above.

“Egypt Station,” McCartney’s 17th solo studio album, hits stores Friday.

  • Philadelphia Eagles will have to wait a little bit longer to defend Super Bowl LII title

    The NFL 2018 season opening game was delayed due to bad weather conditions in Philadelphia on Thursday.

    The Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles were set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, but moments before the game was set to begin, the field was cleared due to bad weather.

    Fans in the stands were asked to leave their seats and take shelter in the stadium concourses because of a thunderstorm in the area.

    A tweet from the Eagles account warned fans in the stadium that “the National Weather Service is forecasting that our current weather pattern may contain some severe conditions, including lighting and gusty winds.”

    The game was first pushed back by half an hour, to 8:55 p.m. ET. Then it was hit with another 10-minute delay and scheduled to kick off at 9:05 p.m.

    NFL games, reliably among the most-watched broadcasts on TV, rarely see delays, and Thursday’s push-back had fans expressing dismay on social media.

    “We wait all year for football and kickoff gets delayed,” one user wrote.

    BBC America is letting viewers time travel with a “13 Days of Doctor Who” marathon beginning Sept. 25

    If you’re feeling a little behind on the “Doctor Who” timeline, then you no longer have to worry.

    BBC America is bringing you the ultimate marathon with “13 Days of Doctor Who,” kicking off on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6 a.m. The network will air all 136 episodes from the first 10 seasons of the sci-fi reboot so you can reacquaint yourself with former Doctors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

    The marathon, which focuses on Doctors nine through 12, will culminate in the Season 11 premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7 — note the new night — which will be followed up by an encore of the premiere in its new regular primetime evening slot. The time has yet to be announced.

    Fans got their first look at Jodie Whittaker as the 13th doctor at San Diego Comic-Con in July, in a video in which she asks viewers to be her “new best friends.” Of course, we will!

    Season 11 also stars Tosin Cole as Ryan, Mandip Gill as Yasmin, and Bradley Walsh as Graham.

    Watch the “13 Days of Doctor Who” promo below … and be sure to clear out your calendar for binging.

    “Settlement sends a message to survivors everywhere that powerful men can act without fear of consequence,” says organization

    Time’s Up put out a statement Thursday criticizing the $100 million settlement package that CBS CEO Les Moonves is reportedly set to receive in his widely-expected exit from the company.

    “This is a precedent-setting moment for CBS — and culture at large. A man accused of rigorously reported allegations of harassment should not be rewarded with a golden parachute,” the advocacy organization said in a statement. “Les Moonves walking away with a $100 million settlement sends a message to survivors everywhere that powerful men can act without fear of consequence. We remain in solidarity with the six women who bravely shared their stories, risking their own incomes and careers, as well as the untold other women who may still be afraid to speak out.”

    The statement goes on to point out that $100 million “is an enormous sum of money. In fact, it’s more than the average American woman will earn over the course of 50 lifetimes. Rather than reward an alleged predator, this $100 million could fund the legal defenses of countless women and men facing workplace harassment and abuse across the country.”

    Such a departure would make CBS COO Joe Ianniello the publicly traded company’s interim CEO.

    According to CNBC’s David Faber, who first reported the “deep” negotiations about Moonves’ exit, the current hangup is the size of the longterm executive’s exit package. Under his contract, Moonves is due $180 million in severance, plus a production deal, Faber said. The board is currently offering him a package worth roughly $100 million, which would mostly consist of company stock.

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