Actor Jim Carrey joked that he bought a pair of Nike shoes after the company signed NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick to a campaign deal, calling them "freedom-friendly" kicks. 

Carrey appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday, less than a week after Nike unveiled the 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign featuring Kaepernick.

The comedian put his shoes up on the table to showcase his Nikes, saying he bought them that day.


“It’s a salute to Colin Kaepernick, to Nike,” Carrey said. “Congratulations, fantastic choice.”

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was the first NFL player to not stand during the national anthem before games to protest social injustice.

Critics were outraged over Nike’s decision to make him the face of their campaign, prompting some to destroy their Nike products.

Despite the backlash, Nike’s online sales appear to have soared after the announcement.

According to data released from Edison Trends, a digital commerce research company based in Silicon Valley, online sales for the sportswear brand grew 31 percent from last Sunday through Tuesday.

They noted that the growth is also a 17 percent gain over the number recorded for the same period in 2017, the new report found.