In this Monday, July 30, 2018, file photo, LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
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James says he 'stands with Nike' in reference to KaepernickClutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he 'stands with Nike,' a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.The fashion collective partnered with Nike for the New York event, both a fashion show and an awards ceremony which focused on diversity and inclusivity in the fashion world. The evening culminated in the reveal of the latest LeBron James Nike basketball shoe: a women's sneaker designed by three female African-American designers and inspired by strong African-American women.The new endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, launched vigorous debate on Tuesday as some fans expressed displeasure over the apparel giant's support of a player known for starting a wave of protests among NFL players against police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.Prominent African-American designer Tracy Reese said she loved the new Nike campaign.
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