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Colin Kaepernick, Key Player in NFL Anthem Dispute, Has a New Nike Deal

Colin Kaepernick in Oct. 2016.

Colin Kaepernick in Oct. 2016.

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(AP) -- An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.

The deal unveiled by Nike and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company's clothes and sneakers — even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear.