This Colin Kaepernick Icon jersey from Nike sold out in under 60 seconds
Nike’s latest iteration of the Colin Kaepernick “Icon” jersey sold out in less than one minute, CNN reported on Friday.
The all-black No. 7 jersey, named The Icon Jersey 2.0, went on sale Thursday at $208. Last year, the 1.0 edition sold out in about 10 hours.
The release of the “2.0” comes four years after Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in protest of systemic racism and police brutality while playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
Kaepernick posted a note on his Instagram expressing his gratitude for the popularity of his jersey — and what it has come to represent as a symbol for protesting injustice.
“Four years ago, I took a knee to protest against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick wrote. “It was that day that the number on my jersey would come to represent something greater than football, something greater than me. Since then, the number 7 jersey has become a symbol for advancing the liberation and well-being of Black & Brown communities. Thank you for staying True.”
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Four years ago, I took a knee to protest against systemic racism and social injustice. It was that day that the number on my jersey would come to represent something greater than football, something greater than me. Since then, the number 7 jersey has become a symbol for advancing the liberation and well-being of Black & Brown communities. Thank you for staying True. #TrueTo7
Nike also released a statement about the latest Kaepernick jersey release:
“Through his continuous commitment, the number 7 jersey has become an iconic symbol for progress and positive change. Colin and Nike team up together once again, this time with a Triple Black jersey, paying homage to the anniversary of Kaepernick seeking what’s true.”
Earlier this summer, following a wave of Black Lives Matter protests after the killing of George Floyd, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell lamented that Kaepernick was never signed and didn’t have the true support of the league when he took a knee in 2016.
The NFL has launched social justice initiatives for the 2020 season, but Kaepernick called out the league for posturing on Tuesday. His former teammate and outspoken racial justice advocate Eric Reid remains a free agent despite his track record as a highly productive safety.
“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for fighting for the Black community,” Kaepernick posted on Twitter. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”