aepernick 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 Super Bowl Isaiah Prince Jersey , 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.Others pushed back, saying the backlash against Nike showed the polarizing debate has morphed well beyond whether NFL players should be allowed to demonstrate for social causes while the national anthem plays in stadiums before games.The league itself weighed in Tuesday afternoon with an executive saying the social issues Kaepernick has raised are valid.“We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities,” said Jocelyn Moore, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs. “The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”Moore’s statement was paired with a detailed breakdown of things players and league executives have done together to learn about and address social issues, including community meetings, lobbying and financially supporting local programs.On Twitter, country music star John Rich posted a picture of one of his crew members holding the tops of a cut pair of Nike socks, with the caption: “Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.” The tweet garnered about 10,000 retweets and 30,000 likes, plus thousands of critical comments.Rich, part of the duo Big & Rich and a former contestant of President Donald Trump’s reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” said he supported the right to protest but Nike lost his support when it endorsed Kaepernick.Mixed martial arts fighter Elias Theodorou, a UFC middleweight Football Isaiah Prince Jersey , tweeted a widely shared picture of the Nike logo with a meme that read: “Instead of throwing away your Nike gear give to one of the millions of homeless veterans you pretend to care about.”Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said: “I hope other corporations follow (Nike’s) example.”San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, tweeted: “Proud to be an @usnikefootball athlete. Stand for something or fall for anything. Few moments in history has that been more true!”Trump, a frequent critic of protesting NFL players, said Tuesday in an interview with the Daily Caller that he thinks it’s a “terrible message” for Nike to use Kaepernick in ads, but that it’s their decision whether to use the quarterback.“I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it,” Trump said, adding it’s “a message that shouldn’t be sent.”Trump said it’s ultimately a business decision for Nike.“In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it,” he said.Trump has loudly urged the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem, repeatedly diving into what has developed into one of the most contentious debates in sports.Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multiyear deal to make him one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Nike hasn’t officially announced the contract.The person said Nike will feature Kaepernick on several platforms, including billboards Isaiah Prince Jersey nfl draft , television commercials and online ads. Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick, including a signature shoe, and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity, the person said. The deal puts Kaepernick in the top bracket of NFL players with Nike.“I stand for anybody that believes in change. I stand for anybody that believes in a positive attitude,” LeBron James said Tuesday night at a Nike fashion show and awards ceremony in New York. “I stand with Nike, every day, all day.”Nike also provides all NFL teams with game day uniforms and sideline apparel, a partnership that was extended in March to run through 2028.Last week, Kaepernick scored a legal victory in his grievance against the NFL and its 32 teams when an arbitrator allowed his case to continue to trial. The quarterback claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests. His case hinges on whether owners worked together rather than decided individually to not sign Kaepernick.A similar grievance is still pending by former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, a Pro Bowl safety who joined in the protests.Meanwhile, the league and players union still haven’t resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the national anthem. Owners approved a policy requiring players to stand if they are on the sideline during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” allowing them to stay off the field if they wish.But the league and union put that on hold after the Miami Dolphins faced backlash for classifying the protests as conduct potentially detrimental to the team — putting players at risk of fines or suspensions.Why Isn’t Zach Thomas In The Hall Of Fame? As the Miami Dolphins embark on a new era at the linebacker position, perhaps it’s time we took a look back at one of the most dominant middle linebackers ever to strap on a helmet: one Zachary Michael Thomas. Born September 1st, 1973, in Pampa, Texas Chandler Cox Miami Dolphins Jerseys , near Amarillo, it would soon become clear that he was born to play the game. In Thomas’ freshman year of high school, his football team went 16-0 and won the state championship. His success continued in college, at Texas Tech. A three year starter for the Red Raiders, Thomas was a first team All-American in both 1994 and ‘95. Deemed too short for the NFL (he stands a shade under 5’11”) by most scouts, he slid to the fifth round in the ‘96 draft, where then coach Jimmy Johnson selected him with the 154th overall pick. Regarding his lack of height, Thomas has often joked that ‘You don’t need a neck to play football’. Indeed, he sort of looks like a real life Fred Flintstone. It didn’t take long for him to make an impression with the Dolphins. Concerned with the team’s lack of playmakers at linebacker, Johnson brought in journeyman veteran Jack Del Rio to handle the middle linebacker position, but Thomas was such a sensation in camp and the preseason that Johnson ended up cutting Del Rio and installing Thomas as the team’s starting MLB. In the season opener, Thomas knocked New England wide receiver Shawn Jefferson out of the game. Jefferson must not have held any grudges, since he’s now Miami’s wide receivers coach.That hit was just one of over eleven hundred tackles that Thomas laid on opposing offensive players over the course of his thirteen year career. In fact, he’s one of only three players in NFL history to have a hundred or more tackles his first ten seasons in the league, and until Junior Seau was inducted in 2015, Thomas had more tackles than any player in the Hall of Fame.Now Miami Dolphins Jerseys 2019 , however, the sportswriters responsible for HOF voting would have you believe that Thomas’ numbers are somehow not good enough to get him into the Hall. Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was voted in recently, and although he was undoubtedly a great player for Chicago, his and Thomas’ numbers are fairly similar. Urlacher has more tackles, sacks and interceptions, but Thomas has more forced fumbles and was All-Pro five times to Urlacher’s four, although Urlacher made eight Pro Bowls to Thomas’ seven. Whether it’s because Urlacher was on a more successful team and went to a Super Bowl or Chicago’s larger media market that enabled him to play in more nationally televised games, Urlacher made the cut, while Thomas, at least to this point, has not. Let’s hope some of these folks eventually decide to do the right thing, because if Zach Thomas doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, then there would seem to be little sense in having a Hall of Fame.