Report: Colin Kaepernick's Nike Contract Worth 'Millions,' Will Get Branded Line

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03:  NFL player Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage during VH1's 3rd Annual 'Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms' - Inside Show  at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will earn millions from his endorsement deal with Nike and have his own apparel line with the company, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported Monday. 

Kaepernick first revealed on Twitter he'd be a brand ambassador for Nike:

Colin Kaepernick @Kaepernick7

Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt https://t.co/SRWkMIDdaO

ESPN.com's Darren Rovell reported Kaepernick is part of the 30th anniversary of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign, with Robinson providing additional details:

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

A lot behind the curtain here. @Nike had Kaepernick since 2011 but this is actually a new deal done by Kaepernick’s reps @markgeragos & @meiselasb. Nike sat on Kaepernick for 2 years w/ no idea what to do with him. Interest from other shoe companies absolutely changed their tune. https://t.co/IJJnjxWHLS

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

Details on Kaepernick and #Nike: - It’s wide endorsement. He’s going to have his own branded line. Shoes, shirts, jerseys, etc. There will be Kaepernick apparel. - Contract is a “star” deal on par with a top end #NFL player. Millions per year. Star deals also include royalties.

"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," said Gino Fisanotti, Nike's vice president of brand for North America, in an interview with Rovell. "We wanted to energize its meaning and introduce 'Just Do It' to a new generation of athletes."

Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016 with the 49ers. During that season, he began protesting during the national anthem, telling NFL Network's Steve Wyche in August 2016 he was "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

More NFL players joined Kaepernick in protesting police brutality and social inequality.

After not securing a new contract with a team, Kaepernick filed a grievance in October 2017, saying the NFL and team owners colluded to keep him out of the league.

Last Thursday, an arbitrator declined the NFL's motion to dismiss the case, allowing the grievance to continue to a hearing later in the year.