Colin Kaepernick is reportedly set to release his own signature Nike shoe next month following his controversial workout for a handful of NFL teams over the weekend.
Nike is expected to launch the shoe across the United States in December as the company continues to develop a marketing strategy around the free agent quarterback, industry sources told Yahoo Sports on Thursday.
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While it’s unclear how many shoes the company will release, Nike believes demand for the item has forced the apparel conglomerate to ramp up production numbers.
Kaepernick’s former teammate and current Carolina Panthers defensive back Eric Reid appeared to have teased the quarterback’s signature shoe on Instagram earlier this week.
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He paired the kicks above a Kaepernick Nike jersey, which was released last year when the company announced an endorsement deal with him.
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Nike priced the Kaepernick “Icon” jerseys at $150 when they were released. The secondary market saw jersey prices set at around $300 or more, according to Yahoo Sports.
While the company took a first hit when it announced the endorsement deal with Nike, the company’s share price has seen an 18% increase since then. Kaepernick also caused controversy with the company when he allegedly raised concerns about a Betsy Ross flag that was to be released around the July 4 holiday. Nike pulled the shoe from shelves, causing a backlash.
Kaepernick was scheduled to have a practice scheduled by the NFL last weekend, but moved at the last minute due to his league transparency issues and injury waivers wanted him to sign. Instead, he worked for around eight teams.
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There was no indication if any team was interested in signing him at this stage.
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He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, where he decided to take a knee during the national anthem to protest perceived racial injustices across the United States.