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Tennessee state senator asking for inquiry into sports programs with Nike ties

Background: A Nike store logo is pictured Feb. 1, 2017. Inset: Tennessee state Sen. Bo Watson. (Phillip Pessar / CC BY 2.0 via MGN | Tennessee State Legislature)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) - Tennessee state Sen. Bo Watson says he has asked the state's Office of Legislative Budget Analysis to look into which state-financed colleges and universities have Nike contracts.

That's according to a tweet Watson shared Saturday evening.

This comes after the sports apparel giant released an ad featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has drawn criticism for kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games to protest police brutality toward minorities in the United States.

Following the ad's release, several sports programs across the country have cut ties with Nike, including the College of the Ozarks in Missouri.

More recently, Liberty University in Virginia says the school is debating dropping Nike as an apparel supplier.

WTVC spoke to Watson on Monday:


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