San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (58), quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and free safety Eric Reid (35) kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem before a NFL game

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Georgia college drops Nike from campus store over Kaepernick ads

September 11, 2018 - 1:55 pm
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CLEVELAND, GA (1010 WINS) -- Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia is cutting ties with Nike over its new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick.

The school announced Tuesday, that it will stop carrying Nike products in its campus store, and will donate the proceeds from any remaining products to Wounded Warriors, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

School president Dr. Emir Caner called Kaepernick 'reprehensible' for, "mocking law enforcement, kneeling against our flag, and mocking our troops."

Caner said that if Nike apologizes to cops and the troops then TNU will consider the brand.

"We stand for our anthem because we honor our troops and their incredible sacrifice. It is the one symbol of freedom in this country that is apolitical, that represents our desire for a more perfect union. To take a knee is to insult the 200 year history that has given us a DNA of sacrifice." Caner said in a statement to CBS News.

At the same time, the mayor of Kenner, Louisiana has banned Nike Merchandise by all sports clubs using city recreational facilities.

That may not fly, however. One city councilman wrote on Facebook that he is 100 percent against the decision, and will meet with the mayor and other council members to try and have it rescinded.

Upon hearing about the Kenner mayor's directive, a councilman from New Orleans purchased his first ever Nike t-shirt.

According to the research firm Edison Trends, Nike's online sales spiked by 31 percent.