Liberty University considering to drop Nike after Colin Kaepernick ads

Jerry Falwell Junior

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. is considering a new apparel company for the school's jerseys.

Falwell, Jr. told USA TODAY Sports in a phone conversation Friday that Nike’s ad campaign centered around Colin Kaepernick is causing the school to re-consider its relationship with the company, which signed a contract last year to outfit Liberty’s athletic teams through 2024.

Kaepernick, who caused a national controversy after taking a knee during the national anthem, has said he is doing it to call attention to social injustice issues, and not as a sign of disrespect for the military or law enforcement.

Falwell, Jr. says Liberty is a school that strongly supports law enforcement and the military and veterans and if Nike's new ad is saying that the company shares the same beliefs as Kaepernick, then keeping business with them will be difficult.

Nike didn’t immediately return requests for comment.