The endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday. It was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company’s clothes and sneakers — even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear.
Nike also provides all NFL teams with game day uniforms and sideline apparel, a partnership that was extended in March to run through 2028.
President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of protesting NFL players, tweeted Wednesday that Nike is getting “killed” over the endorsement deal.
“Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” Trump tweeted. “I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!”
The College of the Ozarks, a private Christian school in Point Lookout, Missouri, that competes in sports at the NAIA level, said it will remove all uniforms purchased from Nike that contain the brand’s logo.
College of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis said in a statement obtained Wednesday by the Chronicle of Higher Education that the college would not support the company over Kaepernick’s involvement in kneeling in protest against police brutality and racism during the national anthem before football games.
Last year, the college added a stipulation to competition contracts, saying it would walk away from any game where the opposing team takes a knee, sits or turns its back on the flag or anthem.
“If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them,” Davis said in a statement. “We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform.”
“Nike is free to campaign as it sees fit, as the college is free, and honor-bound by its mission and goals, to ensure that it respects our country and those who truly served and sacrificed,” added Marci Linson, the college’s dean of admissions.
Linson also holds the title of “vice president for patriotic activities” at the school, according to the Chronicle, which added a stipulation to contracts for athletes and coaches last fall mandating they “show respect for the American flag and national anthem.”
A Nike spokesperson said this week that the company views Kaepernick as one of the most “inspirational” athletes of his generation, rebuking conservatives who have attacked Kaepernick and others who participate in the protests.
“We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” Gino Fisanotti, Nike’s vice president of brand for North America, told ESPN.
As we previously reported, Nike selected former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its “Just Do It” campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Darren Rovell of ESPN reported the choice of Kaepernick, who started the movement to kneel during the United States national anthem to protest imaginary, and completely non-existent racial injustice in August 2016.
He has since then cost the NFL billions of dollars, and brought millions of fans to turn away from the sport completely, as well as helped stoke minority racism and victim mentality across America.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he told Steve Wyche of NFL Media about the decision two years ago. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Of course, everyone with a functioning brain knows he is lying. The reality of the matter is, there is a war on police and they should be allowed to shoot thugs far, far more often.
— overpasses4America (@o4america) September 3, 2018
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the Niners in March 2017 and hasn’t been able to find a new team since he became the poster child of ingrate racists in America.
An April visit with the Seattle Seahawks was canceled because he refused to show respect for the nation that affords him the opportunity to live like a king, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 30-year-old quarterback filed a frivolous collusion grievance against the league, which claimed he was being kept out of the league because of the protests he started.
Although Kaepernick has received numerous awards for being the most racist and ungrateful piece of garbage in America, including being named GQ magazine’s Citizen of the Year for 2017, the movement he started remains polarizing.
A poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal released last week showed 54 percent of respondents deemed kneeling during the anthem “inappropriate,” while 43 percent admitted they hate America and called it “appropriate.”
Meanwhile, NFL owners approved anthem rules in May that would force players to stand on the sideline or remain in the locker room during the anthem. Teams with players who did not comply with the new policy would be subject to league fines, while teams could hand out individual punishment.
Those guidelines are on hold, however, as discussions between the NFL and the NFL Players Association continue with the 2018 season set to start Thursday night.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 7th, 2018