New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady let the world know what he thought about the controversial Colin Kaepernick Nike ad with just one click on Instagram, and it is getting a lot of attention.
The 'like' heard around the world
Brady's official Instagram account "liked" the ad Tuesday and signaled his approval of the campaign that has inspired many to burn their tennis shoes and boycott the iconic shoe manufacturer.
Kaepernick, a former 49ers quarterback, started a political firestorm after he began protesting for the "Black Lives Matter" movement by kneeling during the national anthem. Other players took up the cause, but it really caught on after President Donald Trump criticized the protests during a rally in Pennsylvania.
Kaepernick has since issued a complaint against the NFL and accused the team owners of conspiring against allowing him to play professional football again. An arbitrator in August ruled against the NFL and allowed for Kaepernick's complaint to move forward.
Screenshots of the "like" spread on social media.
#Patriots QB Tom Brady, the best player in NFL History, supports @Kaepernick7 Nike campaign. https://t.co/TCPC2fJ97T— Dov Kleiman (@Dov Kleiman) 1536090210.0
Brady has expressed admiration and support for Kaepernick as an athlete before.
“You know, I don’t know," Brady said of the charges made by Kaepernick in November. "I have no idea if he’s being blackballed.
"I competed against him," he added. "I thought he was a damn good quarterback. And he’s played at a high level, brought his team to Super Bowls. You know... that’s how I feel about him.”