Almost two weeks after putting aside a question about his friendly relationship with President Donald Trump, Nike athlete Tiger Woods did not back down from a question about the controversial new campaign "Just Do It". of the garment giant with Colin Kaepernick.
"I think Nike is trying to get ahead and try to do something that is special and I think they have done it," Woods told reporters at the BMW Championship outside of Philadelphia, where he struggled on Friday after finishing Thursday's round at exclusive possession of the first place. "It's a beautiful place and very powerful people in the place."
The two-minute announcement features other Nike athletes, such as LeBron James and Serena Williams, who congratulated the company and the field marshal for taking a stand against racism.
Woods has tried mainly to avoid controversy, but he did not hesitate to support Nike, the brand that has sponsored him since he became a professional, after the announcement of Colin Kaepernick was broadcast.
Woods had been praised by Trump and golf legend Jack Nicklaus for refusing to answer a hot-button question about the President on August 27, instead saying that you have to respect the office & # 39;
While the NFL is distancing itself from Kaepernick, Nike has embraced the controversial star, even when some have called for the boycott of the sneakers company.
The PGA star has never been as political as Kaepernick, the free agent quarterback who became the first NFL player to protest against inequality and police brutality in 2016 by refusing to stand during the national anthem. However, Woods has played friendly golf rounds with Trump, as well as with former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Trump has been a critical critic of the protesting NFL players, Kaepernick, and Nike's new campaign, which has dominated the headlines since it was announced on Monday. The announcement debuted on Thursday night during the NBC broadcast of the NFL's opening game between the Atlanta Falcons and defending champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Woods, who has been under contract with Nike throughout his professional career, was not aware that the Kaepernick campaign was being carried out, but as he explained, that is not unusual.
"No, they did not tell me he was coming," Woods said. "When companies do something that is outside the golf course and outside of my realm, that's what they do."
Nike's online sales soared 31 percent in the days since the ad campaign was announced, according to Market Watch.
"Like the NFL, whose ratings have DOWN, Nike is being killed with fury and boycotts," Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday. "I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, it's hard for me to look, and I always will, until they represent the FLAG."
Woods tied a field record with 62 on Day 1 of the third round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. However, two bogeys in his last two holes on Friday left him in a pair of 71 on Friday. Woods, five times winner of the BMW Championship, has eight fewer, while the American Xander Schauffele occupies the first place with 13 less.
Before the Masters in April, Nike welcomed Woods to Augusta with a new commercial that represented the prodigy of golf throughout his amateur and professional career.
Near the end of the place, Woods is seen throwing a punch and collapsing on his knees while replacing the footage with a slide that says "Please wait," an apparent reference to the 42-year-old's recent problems. Woods has endured a series of back and knee surgeries in the years since his outrageous extramarital affairs were publicized, which led to the end of his marriage.
However, the announcement has a happy ending, as Woods is seen sinking a long putt when the message "Welcome back" appears on the screen.
Woods has not won a tournament since 2013, but after years of injuries and scandals, the 42-year-old has five top-10 finishes this year.
Nike's most recent location with Tiger Woods used old images of the golfer as a child
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