Kaepernick mural goes up in Yakima amid Nike ad controversy

Yakima, Wash. - Two Yakima artists have painted a mural of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick - and received a tip of the hat from the polarizing ex-player.

Alex Sandoval and Izaya Colson can be seen painting the mural in a Facebook post featuring audio from Kaepernick's recent Nike ad.


​​​​The mural is displayed on a small detached garage facing an alleyway on Lewis Street and Lincoln Avenue. It includes the words, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything," the tagline for Nike's ad campaign.

Word of the mural has traveled to Kaepernick himself, who retweeted a photo of the mural this week.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback ignited a firestorm in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice.

While there are those who find the Nike ad's message to be uplifting, the ad also provoked backlash from some who believe Kaepernick's protest during the anthem was disrespectful. Some people posted pictures cutting their Nike socks, burning their Nike shoes, and #BoycottNike started trending.

But the boycott proved fleeting. Nike's stock is up since Kaepernick revealed the ad. The company's sales online jumped 31 percent after it was released, according to one analysis by digital research firm Edison Trends.

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