Colin Kaepernick

A Nike ad campaign featuring free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick won an Emmy award for Best Commercial.

The award was handed out at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend.

Nike picked Kaepernick to lead its 30th anniversary 'Just Do It' TV and print campaign that also featured Serena Williams and LeBron James.

Kaepernick courted controversy in 2016 when he remained seated on the bench during the national anthem. After the public backlash, he got off the bench and kneeled on the sideline.

The 30-year-old quarterback said he was protesting social injustice. But some fans noticed he waited until he was benched to become a "woke activist".

"We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward," Nike North America vice President Gino Fisanotti told ESPN after the initial backlash.

Kaepernick, who was 3-16 during his final season with the 49ers, filed a grievance against the league for colluding to blackball him -- despite the fact that he turned down at least 2 contract offers.

Kaepernick and the league settled the lawsuit for a reported $10 million.

  • TransMichelle
  • WhoKnew

    Congrats, Kaep.

  • hottlanta

    Go kap go. Yall kill me talking bout he settled for only 10 million dollars knowing good n well he cant say what he got.

  • Nina Ross


  • ………

    I wish we would stop saying he settled with them... Like, it was a settlement due to him kneeling or terminating him due to fighting for justice. The settlement is equivalent to Unemployment us regular folks get. Congrats Fellow. Now if I can only send this to Jay in a 20x30

  • KcoolMuziq
  • luVn_liFe…

    Kaep should be somebodys starter this morning.. Jets/Giants/Jacksonville/ a few more I can think of tew.
    These three teams alone QB's stink!
    and now Steelers are looking at Paxton Lynch for QB <-really!!?

  • n1kk1a

    He didn’t sacrifice s#it.

  • Lea

    Proud of him!!!!!

  • Facts and Receipts

    YASS Colin.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Come on Kap !!!! You deserve......... da shyt folks project on to you ........ You deserve this award

  • Joy King

    Sandra, in this write up you can try to downplay what Colin sacrificed if you like but what this man did took courage. He opened the door for all these fake woke athletes and celebrities. Everyone who cares about equality and social justice should salute this man.

  • luVn_liFe…

    Also.. people need to remember when he first started kneeling is was quietly in silence.. A reporter noticed it after he had been doing it for weeks.

  • iWasteTime

    Congratulations Kap!!

    Kaepernick and the league settled the lawsuit for a reported $10 million.
    I would love to know what is in that settlement.
    Can he even work in the league? Does the settlement say take this money and FOH!?! Did it include a caveat to start any initiatives through using the league to address his concerns and work on with their backing work on his concerns? I'd like to know why he settled?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™ he sacrificed his reputation...... and didn't sell out ...... Sounds good to me..... he didn't care about da backlash ..... he stood in integrity !!!!! Regardless of the circumstances ...... that's tough chile ...... hard to do !!!! But was done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kimberly King

    Kaep played in the SB and honestly they should have won. I thought they would have won. He wasn't a bum like they try to make him out to be. A lot of teams could use his services. All of these trash QB's at the starter position. Over half of them have never been to the SB and will never go.

  • SpiceGirl
  • Dowoop

    Not much people would be willing to sacrifice a multi million dollar job for what they believe in.

  • Dowoop

    Right! The settlement has nothing to do with activism.