Police department puts inmates in Nike shirts for mug shots

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EL DORADO, Ark. — The Union County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas is gaining attention after putting inmates in Nike shirts for their mugshots.

According to a prominent civil rights activist, the sheriff's office is doing this as a form of protest of the company's deal with Colin Kaepernick, KARK reported.

"Disgusting," Shaun King tweeted along with a photo of the inmates.

And many online agreed.

But others were skeptical that was the intent:

Since the accusation surfaced, the sheriff's office has removed the photos from online, KARK reported.

Kaepernick has been the center of controversy after he took a knee during the national anthem in 2016. The former quarterback said his action was to protest police brutality. And last month, Nike announced he would be one of the faces of their 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, which has received a mix of support and backlash.