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Thursday’s Mashup: Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad will air during NFL season opener

Lucy Burdge
September 06, 2018 - 7:02 am

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MLB: Cleveland at Toronto, 7 p.m.  (MLB Network)
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NFL: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)


-- Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad was released on Wednesday and it was revealed the spot will air during the NFL regular season opener between the Falcons and the Eagles on NBC Thursday night.

Kaepernick tweeted out the “Just Do It” commercial, which he voices and features him alongside LeBron James, Serena Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, skateboarder Lacey Baker, Shaquem Griffin, wheelchair basketball player Megan Blunk, boxer Zeina Nassar and legless wrestler Isaiah Bird.

The spot is also scheduled to air during tennis, college football and MLB coverage this week.

While accepting an award in New York on Tuesday night, James ended his acceptance speech with a statement of support for Kaepernick and Nike.

"Last but not least, I stand for anybody that believes in change,” James said while accepting the Icon 360 Award. “I stand for anybody that believes in a positive attitude and a positive matter ... and I stand with Nike every day, all day."

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-- Aaron Hernandez’s former home in North Attleborough is for sale once again.

The 7,100-square-foot house at 22 Ronald C. Meyer Dr. is listed on for $1.6 million.

Last November, it was reported the house had been sold to Arif Khan, a 23-year-old real estate investor. Khan said the house needed around $150,000 in renovations.

Hernandez bought the house in 2012 for $1.3 million.

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