Long Islanders featured in Kaepernick’s Nike commercial

<p>Nike's controversial Colin Kaepernick ad is hitting the airwaves during the kickoff of the NFL season, and it features some amazing Long Islanders.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 6, 2018, 10:01 PM

Updated 2,088 days ago

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Nike's controversial Colin Kaepernick ad is hitting the airwaves during the kickoff of the NFL season, and it features some amazing Long Islanders.
The commercial is part of the company's 30th anniversary of the "Just Do It" campaign. There's been a backlash over Kaepernick as the narrator. He made headlines after kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Some people have even posted videos of themselves burning Nike gear.
Others say the message is what people should be focusing on, not the person delivering it. 
“The commercial has a great message. It's very motivating. And anything that's positive, I'm all for that,” says Michael Adragna.
The spot was scoring points in Riverhead, where two of the young football players in the commercial just started seventh grade. Korey Duff Jr., a Longwood football player, made an incredible one-handed catch off a pass from quarterback Caleib Corbett. Video of the grab is featured in the commercial.
“I would never think that I'd be in a Nike commercial,” says Corbett.
The boys are both biracial and their parents told News 12 that they approve of the message and the narrator in the commercial.
Another Long Islander in the commercial is Isaiah Bird, a 10-year-old competitive wrestler who was born with no legs.
Nike says the campaign celebrates athletes who chase their dreams.


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