Colin Kaepernick may have a sponsor in Adidas but there's one condition

If Colin Kaepernick ever sets foot on a football field again, he could be wearing Adidas.

The apparel company would jump at the chance to outfit the free-agent quarterback, who remains out of the NFL after starting the polarizing anthem demonstrations two years ago in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.

"If he signs on a team, we would definitely want to sign him," Mark King, the president of Adidas's North America division said last week at Arizona State University.

King made the bold statement during a Q&A at the school's Global Sport Summit.

"We love athletes that have a platform to make the world a better place," he said. "If they're an activist in a way that brings attention to something that moves the world forward, even if there's controversy at that moment, we're really interested in those athletes because I think it represents the world today."

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Sep 12, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; A San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (not pictured) fan holds a sign after the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers won 28-0. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
At the start of the game protestors take a knee in support of the movement started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick, outside Lincoln Financial Field, in South Philadelphia, PA, on September 24, 2017. Similar protest are staged around the nation after US President Donald Trump named Kaepernick a Son of A Bitch at a recent rally. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
At the start of the game protestors take a knee in support of the movement started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick, outside Lincoln Financial Field, in South Philadelphia, PA, on September 24, 2017. Similar protest are staged around the nation after US President Donald Trump named Kaepernick a Son of A Bitch at a recent rally. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - SEPTEMBER 10: Protesters stage a rally against the National Football League (NFL), supporting Colin Kaepernick, outside the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago, United States on September 10, 2017. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 23 : People participate in a rally against the National Football League (NFL), supporting Colin Kaepernick in Manhattan borough of New York, United States on August 23, 2017. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
01 September 2016: A fan supports San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the NFL preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers signs autographs for fans after a 31-21 win over the San Diego Chargers during a preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on September 1, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) shoots a selfie with fans outside the locker room during pre game warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers signs autographs for fans after a 31-21 win over the San Diego Chargers during a preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on September 1, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers signs an autograph for a fan prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: A fan dressed up as Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers watches from the seats during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the 49ers 26-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers interacts with fans before the game against the Buffalo Bills on October 16, 2016 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats San Francisco 45-16. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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King's comments are a stark contrast to those made by Papa John's, the pizza chain that was critical of the NFL anthem protests last year and blamed sagging sales on the movement. They also run counter to the actions of companies like CenturyLink and Air Academy Federal Credit Union, which cut ties with kneeling Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.

"While we acknowledge Brandon's right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation," CenturyLink said in a statement after dropping Marshall two years ago. "In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments."

Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, claiming team owners have conspired to leave him unemployed since last year because of his political and social beliefs. According to reports, a workout with the Seahawks was canceled last week after Kaepernick refused to abandon the anthem demonstration altogether. A similar situation unfolded recently in Cincinnati, according to reports, when free-agent safety Eric Reid was shunned when he also declined to give up the protest.

Kaepernick is in New York Tuesday as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to be deposed as part of the collusion case. Kaepernick's lawyers recently grilled NFL VP Troy Vincent and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and have reportedly questioned Texans owner Bob McNair, too. Kaepernick was deposed last week, according to reports, and the case could be decided by the end of this year.

However, observers would not be surprised if Kaepernick never plays football again. But if he ever does, he could be wearing Adidas.

"We're not in the business of activism, we're in the business of sport," King said. "But allowing our athletes to tell their story, it's really important to us."

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