I respect Nike and their decision to support Colin K. If we want to see change,
we must be radical, outrageous, outspoken, and different. Nike is changing the
social atmosphere and isn't afraid to overstep some barriers to make that
happen.Colin K's protest was one that was peaceful, impactful,
and powerful. His beliefs in equality for everyone weigh far beyond any glory or
paycheck that football could give him. He knew what was right to him and he made
made his voice known. I wish there were more people like that in this world.
Name one other country in the world where their pro sports players protest their
flag? It does not happen, that is the one time all people of a country are to
come together in unity, sports is not the platform to protest political issues
especially when the flag and anthem you are protesting stand for freedom and
liberty.Kap did far more than just protest the flag however, he also
wore Police are Pigs socks while on the field to get further media attention,
then bad talking our country to the media as unfair, racist and unjust. All
while cashing multi million dollar checks and millions of americans of all races
once looked up to these guys as heroes for throwing a football and he hates our
racist & oppressive country? This is the most diverse and free country in
the world he is disrespecting. Kap also praised Fidel Castro and Cuba (Castro
who oppressed and murdered his own people while giving them no rights or
freedoms under strict communism) and Nike wants to celebrate this guy as a role
model? Sorry, us middle age Americans are never going to buy Nike for our kids
again, that is the freedom we have to make our statements with our pocketbooks.
Worst idea ever Nike.
Nike has done their homework. It's not as if the 55-year-old from Ohio or
Utah who is now boycotting Nike was ever their prime target market. You can
boycott all you want--they will come out ahead. They've already earned
nearly $50 million in free publicity.
turbolover22 - Colin Kaepernick has donated over $1 million to charity over the
course of the last few years.
@yoyolate"In the last 3 months in the DFW area, 2 black men, and 1
teenager have been executed by police." Really - they were
"executed"? Were any old white guys "executed" (or were they
just shot)?@Selznik "But mocking someone, belittling a
fellow child of God, is not a Christian act."Whatever - its called
being forced to live within the DN character limitation and "mock"
seemed like a valid substitute for the more verbose "right to discuss, to
offer differing opinions, even to point out factual errors in someone’s
statement". Particularly when there are few better words than "mock"
to reject the hypocrisy of those who support Nike's right to have a
corporate conscience, but work to shut down a small business like Masterpiece
Cake shop. I also reject (or should i say "mock"?) your implication
that Christians are obligated to be feeble patsy's. Because I happen to
think that a forceful "NO" is the appropriate response to abuse. I do
not belong to any faith and you are making assumptions to project Christianity
onto me: although i proudly confess sympathy regarding their rejection of the
duplicity directed towards to them. @UtahBruinThank You
If one were to actually look at facts, as per statista website, for the
2017-2018 year as of June 2018, 457 whites were killed compared to 223 blacks
and 179 hispanic. Most were male. Now if we look at crimes by race per the FBI
website, total arrests were 5,858,330 for whites and 2,263,112 for blacks.
Notice a trend? Police killings are about equal when comparing arrests to
killings. Sure, one could include race percentage of population but this looks
at crime vs killings. What can one take from this data? Blacks are
not targeted in higher proportion than whites or killed in higher percentage
based on actual crimes committed. For Colin and Nike to point out
only one side of the equation is irresponsible.
Think Child Labor and Sweatshops. Don't buy Nike.It's
still going on and little kids are forced to work in horrible conditions to pad
the profits and pay Kaepernick's his millions. It's a matter of right
and wrong. Hmmm, hard decision, support the anti-American kneeler or support the
little kids who are forced to work Nike.
How a "liberal narrative" is constructed: Nike does this social
justice thing.Media points to Nike weekly increase in sales of 31%.Week mentioned happens to be when Mom’s all over are
The fact is, many veterans support Kaepernick’s right to peacefully
protest. It is one right that differentiates our country from many others.
The reality is, it was a good way for Kaepernick to highlight the
issue of police brutality and racism. Had he organized a march of some sort it
would’ve devolved into mayhem as outside groups seek to disrupt such
marches. In fact the coverage of Kaepernick’s peaceful
protest was waning until Trump, the great uniter, using vulgar language brought
it up in order to rally his supporters.
Nike's stock rose back to its all-time high today. Its sales are up 31%. I
have personally bought a load of Nike products in the last few days.
It really irks me when people say things like "This disrespects
everyone..." Everyone where? Everyone in your house? In your street? In your
ward? Because it certainly does not disrespect me one bit.If you do
not understand the protestors, then you are as stubborn as Nephi brothers.
It's been explained 100 times 100 different ways. It is a shame that
political talk is not allowed in the quorum, else I would gladly explain it on
Sundays, with illustrations and facts and figures, not just bombastic, fake,
fictitious tweets. In the last 3 months in the DFW area, 2 black
men, and 1 teenager have been executed by police. And of course, I have to
swallow the comment of a Stake leader saying that "they must have done
something" which is a fairly common comment from those who "back the
blue" blindly. The latest execution case was a young man,
minding his business inside his own apartment... when a white female cop tried
to break into his apartment (she mistook it for her place) and proceeded to
shoot him dead. By the way, the next time you use an American Flag
trunk, bathing suit, shoes, napkin, paper plate... remember you so called
indignation for Nike and Kaepernick. Be consitent
This outrage will not subside. I, and many I know, have vowed to never support
any NFL product or Nike product again in our lifetimes.
So, having a problem with Nike's canonization of Kaepernick makes me
intolerant? I couldn't read the entire article because just the title
turned my stomach. What he has done is perpetuate a false narrative that divides
us, rather than brings us together. So yes, I have a problem with Nike exalting
a cop hating anti-America millionaire and claiming he sacrificed everything. He
might have sacrificed his career, because his talent wasn't worth the
negativity he would bring to a team. But, I'm sure he didn't have to
bury his dad, brother, sister, mother, son. daughter who chose to serve the
public and was murdered by a black sniper who believed in the lie that
Kaepernick wore on his socks, knees, and butt. Someone who perpetuates hate
like Kaepernick does, shouldn't be rewarded for it. But I do wonder if this
wasn't Nike's way of cementing themselves on the far left because of
their perpetual use of children in sweat shops who get paid next to nothing to
make very expensive shoes - when the poor child complains about the work they
are forced to do, Nike tells them "just do it". Sacrifice everything for
Nike is a public company that can do whatever they want and I believe they are
on the right side of history. Their stock is the leading DOW gainer this
morning. Go ahead and shame them as their sales increase.The
author's choice of a headline that reads "testing the public's
tolerance" tacitly asserts that the public is against this, but the fact of
the matter is that Nike is on the right side of history. I talk to more and
more people that are sick of Trump being the mayor of Crazy Town, and it is
Trump that leads the finger pointing at NFL players, not "the public".
I would imagine that if Nike were existence in 1955 and ran an ad with Rosa
Parks standing in front of a bus, there would be a huge outcry, but with the
perspective of six decades, virtually no one would be upset with that ad today.
I predict the same for Kaepernick. The longer this goes on, the better he
looks. And Nike also.
I’ve been an Adidas guy since my mama bought me a pair of Superstars for
my 12th birthday in 1971. I won’t burn the few Nike articles that I own
over Kaepernick, but it’s hard to understand a company that deliberately
takes a political stand that it knows will annoy about half its targeted
clientele. As far as I’m concerned, it’s Adidas forever.
"My kids are just getting started in sports and they will not be allowed to
wear any Nike clothing until they move of the house and start making their own
decisions."And they will secretly buy Nike brands to rebel
against your oppression.Kaepernick and Nike win!
He is definitely no Rosa Parks! Nike lost another customer.
Nike knows exactly what it's doing. Always has. The ad is fantastic. Stock
Not the public’s tolerance. The intolerant’s tolerance. Next up,
burning Ford trucks.
I am 100% on Nike side. I also sit down when the pledge or any American
propaganda is displayed at any sporting events. This country could be great but,
has not shown anything good in many decades.
Counter Intelligence - You state “I also have the right to mock those who
praise large left leaning corporations...”. Why is it necessary to mock
any fellow human being? Certainly you have the right to discuss, to offer
differing opinions, even to point out factual errors in someone’s
statement. But mocking someone, belittling a fellow child of God, is not a
@bluesman503“It is either a result of ignorance and stupidity that
deprives one of the intellect necessary to see the facts as they are, or it is
the result of racism.”I’ll tell you what is the
ignorance, stupidity, and lack of intellect. It’s when people
try to associate lets say their own lack of knowledge for racism, or even the
idea that it is unfair for him to protest.Let me straighten this out
for all people who are having the same thought as you.1) It is very
much so a lack of Patriotism, not to stand for the national anthem. Go study
the national anthem.2) Nobody has ever said or tried to take away
his freedom of speech. With this, I say go study peaceful protest. It is never
on a companies dime, or in a platform of something else. It is organized, and
done in the right place. If he were protesting the NFL or Football, then it
would be the right place. But he is not.Lastly, feel free to
protest, feel free to bring awareness to your cause. Do it in your own time,
not the NFL’s or mine. I don’t watch the NFL anymore, I don’t
wear Nike anymore. And personally, I don’t agree with his reason at all.
Sure it happens, but now blown way out of proportion.
I started buying Nike shoes in 1991 as a freshman in high school. I have never
bought any shoes, shirts, socks, hats, etc... from any other sports brand
except Nike during those 27 years. I happened to buy a pair of Nike
shoes the week before the announcement of this ad. I took them back the very
next day after hearing this news and bought my first pair of shoes from another
brand.My kids are just getting started in sports and they will not
be allowed to wear any Nike clothing until they move of the house and start
making their own decisions. I was talking to my daughter about this decision
and she mentioned that her friends parents are doing the same thing.
If Kaepernick thinks he has "sacrificed everything" he should actually
sacrifice something. He should create a school in an underpriviliged area and
set aside the money necessary to fund it. He could donate enough money that the
interest alone could run the school for decades to come. He could actually do
something useful to make a change.He hasn't actually sacrificed
anything until he dips into his pocketbook.
Let's hear it for capitalism.Despite sourcing their shoes in
Southeast Asia, they are still high-end shoes, sometimes double the price point
of other brands. Who buys the Nike brand, despite the high price?
Gen Y minority shoppers.The details are in a study by economists
entitled, "Conspicuous Consumption and Race."The invisible
hand of capitalism is behind the Kaepernick Campaign by Nike. Make no mistake.
Veterans , policemen and conservatives are already NOT buying Nike.And you thought Nike was making a bold sacrifice here.
Go Nike $$. How is Nike trying to use this to drive sales? What will be the answer of the "Court of Public Opinion". It
seems NFL ratings are dropping. Will Nike sales also start tanking?
Nike has been using the "bad" behaving athlete for some time in ads. It
seems the shock jock, rule breaking, poor sportsmanship representative has been
rewarded. But not for long. Most of us who value what good sportsmanship
stands for do not support, condone or buy products this kind of person
represents. No more Nike anything in my home, I support those athletes who have
earned their place through hard work and talent. Endorsement of their
accomplishments is what is really important. This week has brought the ugly
side of what some of the Nike athletes really represent. That is causing as
much chaos and trouble in the name of race, pay, women suffrage and what ever
band-wagon they can climb on. Nike's representatives (they chose them)
Kapearnick and Williams seem to have the same agenda this week, and that is to
put the inequality in sports message to as many as possible. They do nothing
but hurt the sport. I am turning them both off, and looking forward to some
great games where this kind of agenda is NOT celebrated.
Anyone who thinks they can use their employer's time and platform to push
their personal agenda without being fired is delusional. Give it a try when you
go to work and see. And sniveling now because nobody wants to hire him shows
just how clueless this guy is. If he really believes in his agenda he would take
the inevitable consequences of his actions like a man.
I prefer companies to stay out of politics. I have bought Nike for years and
will no longer support them. I know I am only one, but I don't think
Comparing Kaepernick’s crusade with Tiger’s infidelity is like
comparing apples to Cadillacs. Nike will suffer needlessly. This remains a very
poor marketing decision. If Nike’s ambition is get people talking about
their company, it’s brilliant. If their goal is to sell athletic wear,
it’s galactically stupid. Like so many Millennials, relativism is
Kaepernick’s true religion. It doesn’t matter to these naive, young
melon heads whether something is fundamentally right or wrong. To them
it’s right if they believe it’s right. “Believe in something,
even if it means sacrificing everything”? How about instead “
Believe in something, even if it’s wrong.“ Or how about this one,
“Believe in something even if it’s offensive, stupid, and
disrespectful.” Might as well say, “Believe in something even if it
inspires hate and violence on law enforcement.” Millennials specifically
need to grasp that truth and right are not relative: and no ... just because you
believe it doesn’t make it right and certainly worth sacrificing
everything for. Wasn’t it George Costanza that said, “It’s
not a lie if you believe it.”
A beautiful ad that the kids will gobble up. Nike sales are booming and Kap will
now and forever be a civil rights icon.
Kaepernick has been unfairly maligned for something he has never done. His
protest was always about the killing of unarmed people of color and nothing
else. He said so from the beginning. Without putting words in his mouth, my
understanding is that he does not feel the promise of equality and opportunity
this country supposedly stands for is not applicable to people of color. I agree
with that sentiment. Simple logic dictates that if white privilege exist so to
must a penalty for being a non-white.He and those who have joined
him are not disrespecting the flag, denigrating the country, or trying to divide
us even farther than we already are. They are simply asking for the equality,
opportunity, and treatment promised by the constitution and the bill of right.
They have every right to take that stand, they have every right to expect and
demand equal treatment under the law. Protesting their protest can come from
only two places. It is either a result of ignorance and stupidity that deprives
one of the intellect necessary to see the facts as they are, or it is the result
If Nike believes their ad is a noble cause, why bring up forgiveness? Anything
that is truly noble does not require forgiveness from the public.
Why would anyone value the opinion of an athlete, actor, singer or any other
entertainer, above their own intelligent opinion??!!
I love the add. Police violence against blacks is a major issue in some parts of
the U. S. He is bringing attention to a worthy cause. What is taking a knee in a
song compared to the loss of innocent lives?
There are certain lines you do not cross with me. Kaepernick crossed the line
so he is nothing to me now. I will also never buy anymore Nike anything. I
believe in something and it is not the same as Kaepernick. Thank
you all that serve or are serving. God bless America.
"Believe in something even if it costs you everything". Kaepernick did,
and it brought him millions from Nike. Alex jones believes in something too,
and it cost him his twitter and Facebook accounts, essentially his livelihood.
I don't support either of these extremists, but why should Nike fund one
and not the other?Maybe this is all about Nike politics and not
about standing up for what you believe in?
While many comments here seem intent on ‘shooting the messenger’,
another tragic loss of life has happened this week, ironically, the week when
this controversial ad is set to run on national television. “Man fatally shot by officer was a working professional, beloved church
member - ABC News Morgan WinsorThe 26-year-old man who was killed by
an off-duty Dallas police officer in an apartment she apparently confused for
her own was a beloved member of a local church as well as an employee at a
prestigious accounting and consulting firm, according to those who knew him.Botham Jean was shot late Thursday when a patrol officer who lived in
the same apartment complex south of downtown Dallas returned home from working a
full shift and walked into ‘what she believed to be her apartment,’
according to Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall.The officer, who is
white, was still wearing her police uniform when she ‘encountered’
Jean, who was black, inside the apartment. It's unclear what the
interaction was between them, but at some point she ‘fired her weapon,
striking the victim,’ according to Hall.” There comes a
point when corrective action must follow thoughts and prayers.
I am an American Veteran. I have served with many who are now veterans, I stand
shoulder to shoulder with every man and women who have served our country. All
the way back to the first American patriot who fought to secure this great
nation as a nation. Like any family we as a nation have lived through some
difficult times as we struggled to mature as a people. But as any family nothing
is gained by hacking at the foundations we call our home. As a disabled
veteran, I have had the chance to see great people other then military
contribute to our nation in the noble service of their daily lives. The rancher,
farmer, Policemen and firefighter, the bag person at the checkout counter and
all those who make life work in our country; They are no less a patriot as we
who served in uniform; Nikes choice is insulting to all of us. On
veterans day you remember us, the veterans, but I include you as the very fiber
of our land, and I respect you with all my heart. Because of Nike's
choices in advertisement, I will not ever buy anything Nike. My family joins me
in this declaration. I don't like getting spit upon in the face by a
company who's very wealth comes from many American dollars.
Colin Kaepernick is an ungrateful hypocrite.He has been literally
blessed with phenomenal wealth by Americans (Google shows his net worth to be
$20M - $39.4M; those are the lowest figures I could find) and yet he criticizes
the very same country that made him wealthy. How is this not ungrateful?Then when he gets criticized for being a hypocrite he donated $1-2M.
That's a lot of money but even if he donated $2M and he is only worth $20M,
that's still only 10% of his wealth. I'm no math whiz but I know
that 10% does not equal "everything". He wants thing to change but he
refuses to give in a substantial manner to make things different. How is that
not hypocritical? I served 24 yrs and 16 days in the Air Force and
even I didn't give "everything".What is
"everything"?Why doesn't Colin and his liberal crowd go
ask Pat Tillman?Maj Dan Maloy, USAF (Ret)
The biggest thing that bugs me about the ad is it clearly implies Kaepernick
sacrificed everything because he took a knee. This is bothersome for two
reasons.1. It is absolutely absurd to say he sacrificed everything.
No. He did not lose his life, and it is an insult to those that gave the
ultimate sacrifice for our country - or even gave service to our country - to
make him this man the face of ultimate sacrifice. Besides that, he already had
millions of dollars, and now he is getting millions more for making this
commercial. Sacrifice everything? Hardly. 2. Kaepernick litterally
got fired from his job he loved so much, but not for taking a knee. Why
couldn't he get another job? Depends on your point of view, but that is for
the masses to debate. What is not debatable is prior to the knee-taking, he had
already lost his starting job following poor performances and multiple injuries.
He also has since had ample opportunities to prove himself, both in the NFL and
CFL, and he chose not to pursue those opportunities.
@SMcloud"Peaceful protests are as American as apple pie. I support
any peaceful protest because as an American it is my right to speak."You are 100% correct! Just don't do it at work. A real employer
will fire you. The problem is not his protest. The problem is his platform,
and the fact he does absolutely nothing for his cause or agenda that he
supposedly cares so much about outside of the TV cameras.Peaceful
protest is not organizing hate rallies, or walking onto a freeway to stop
traffic, beating people up on the streets because of their skin color, or on a
NFL football field. A peaceful protest is organized and done in a
park, in front of a state building, even a police station, etc. I have seen so
many people do this, but I have never seen KP in a public protest format. It is
all only when TV cameras are on.
Peaceful protests are as American as apple pie.I support any
peaceful protest because as an American it is my right to speak.
I guess Nike is rolling with the 'any publicity is good publicity, as long
as they spell your name right' gagwell I know how to spell
Under Armour and Adidas and Puma etc etc and I know where to buy them as
well.see you Nike
In reality, Nike's sneaker sales have been dropping precipitously and this
is a desperate attempt to recapture the market by appealing to a certain
demographic. It may back fire. Perhaps they should have appealed to families of
police officers killed in the line of duty.
@robin138"NFL players express themselves all the time during
games, just watch the closeups after a play."Expression of a
sack, pick, great block, etc. Is not political. It's excitement, joy,
determination, an expression of so called being in the zone, or in some cases, a
gangster type look that makes them look silly, and more criminal than a player.
Not even apples and oranges, this is more like apples and Mongolia.
Laughable!"I have supported Kaepernick's struggle to
express himself since it started."What struggles? Do you mean
from his own silence, his t-shirts he wears since he won't talk, his
girlfriends statements, what struggles.? The ones he doesn't make, while
unemployed, ironic right? Or the ones he doesn't make off the field, only
on? What struggles?Lastly, nobody is against anybody, even this guy
for his protest. Just don't do it during the anthem, and don't do it
at work. They reason why people can't support this guy is because they
know that if they ever did anything like this at work, they would be fired. But
since we have a NFL commissioner with no character at all, he continues to allow
the NFL to be a platform. Only problem is wrong place.
I served in the USAF to protect the American Constitution which guarantees
freedom of expression. NFL players express themselves all the time during
games, just watch the closeups after a play. I have supported Kaepernick's
struggle to express himself since it started. Just ordered a spare pair of Nike
shorts and 2 spares of Nike socks for my daughter to wear in practice on her
club team. She didn't really need them, but I did it to support Nike for
taking a stand to support Kaepernick.
@Nuschler121Keyword - "Expected" Wasn't guaranteed. The
contract was $7M per year for two, $14M. Offer was made when he was still a
49'er. Before he was kneeling. Just sitting on the bench he made $39M, out
of a possible $126M, and gave up $61M guaranteed he opted out of. Translation,
he quit. It isn't about playing, he decided to be political. And, that $61M
he would have received from the 49ers, due to his surgery. Big mistake.Second, great scripture. I commend you for sacrificing your time in
Africa. I didn't need to know your pay. You already said you were a
Doctor/Medical Staff. Logic tells us you make decent $$$. To tell me how you
live by a scripture passage and your service to the needy and how much you give
up, and by the way this is all I get paid. Is that any different than CK's
"Sacrificing Everything" ad statement? And, I didn't make it
political. That was GaryO. I simply responded to his political comment and
incorrect statements. Just providing accurate statements. I also didn't
call any liberal lazy. I was being facetious in my previous comment of yellow.
Thanks for your service in Vietnam, I wasn't in Vietnam, but we have our
service in common. Regards,
@UtahBruin1) Colin was still under contract with the 49rs when
Denver wanted to add Colin Kaepernick to its roster. John Elway wanted to pay
Colin $7 mill over two years. Colin was expected to get $14.3 mill in 2016 and
$14.7 mill w the 49rs which is one heck of a pay cut! $22 mill over two
years!Also the negotiation was actually over whether Colin was
healthy enough to play after getting surgery for a torn labrum (shoulder) and
repair of a tendon in his thumb.Before anyone says that’s too
high, Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr signed a five-year, $125 million deal
over the summer. That’s $25 mill a year.2) Does political
divisiveness have to be in a story about Nike and Kaepernick?Calling
all liberals lazy is a terrible comment! My team with Doctors Without Borders
was embedded in West Africa where ebola has shown up again. Every doctor and
every nurse had voted for Obama and for Mrs. Clinton. I FREQUENTLY would work
up to 48 hrs in a row in a rubber suit with a hood/gloves losing 10-20# of
sweat.We MDs get $1700/mo. I also was in the Vietnam War in the
44th Medical battalion.I know NO lazy liberals. I use Matthew 25:
36-40 to live. Helping the poor and sick,
@ Thin Blue Line - , Sept. 6, 2018 11:49 a.m. - "If Kap were willing to
donate all the proceeds he receives from Nike split evenly between police
training as well as the victims of unwarranted police violence, I would have
much more respect."Yep, you got it.Will it
I’m with John Brennen on this issue:“Colin Kaepernick
drew our collective attention to the problem of continued racial injustice in
America. He did so not to disrespect our flag but to give meaning to the words
of the preamble of our Constitution — ‘in order to form a more
perfect union.’ Well done, Colin, well done.”The
ad to me is inspirational. It highlights amazing accomplishments of many people
& groups that have been demeaned, disparaged & demogauged in our current
political climate. Well done, Nike — well done.🎯
Some below have compared and contrasted C Kaepernick and the Nike ad with MLK.
Which is fine, except that MLK wasn't trying to sell shoes.
Shame on Nike for using this polarizing issue to sell shoes.
"sacrifice everything..."Ah no. More like accept your
backup role in the NFL or incite a campaign of egotism.Sad, really
Nike's favorability among adults has apparently dropped from 69 percent to
35 percent.How appropriate.
Ah, CK's myth of social injustice and police brutality. The facts
don't back the claim. On top of that, CK's portrayal of police as
pigs, and at times sporting a Fidel Castro shirt shows CK be ignorant,
hypocritical, or both. CK is anything but unifying. He's divisive,
disrespectful and, IMO, a little fast and easy with the facts. ( He actually
seems very ignorant of the facts. Go read the article Armando Salguero wrote
about CK.) And this is my beef with Nike. It doesn't take much to figure
out the truth. Nike wishes to perpetuate a divisive message using a
disrespectful messenger. My wife and I have spent a lot of money on Nike gear as
we have a large family. That changed this week. See you later Nike!
Sacrifice? What?Nike had him under contract. He couldn’t play
football so they made up this phoney campaign.Pathetic.
That Under Armour gear is looking better everyday
Well, for all you who find it OK to 'take a knee' on the American
anthem, and apparently to either not note, or to in my opinion show disrespect
of the American flag yourself, or by athletes, to protest some supposed social
injustices; like Kaepernick began, even if it won't affect Nike's
prosperity or stock price (anyway) as some claim, me and the other 35 members of
my family (me, my wife, and nine children, their seven spouses, and our 18
grandchildren, will abstain from purchasing anything Nike while the ad campaign
continues. (I pledge to abstain from buying Nike's products, myself,
forever)! Kaepernick can express himself as he likes; Nike as they
like; and me and 'my house', as we like!
It's nice to see that Colin Kaepernick now has a corporate sponsor to
support him in the first amendment. Maybe someday the first amendment might be
as important as the second amendment.
@Counter Intelligence"Kaepernick certainly has right to freedom of
speech outside of work"You hit the nail on the head. Very well
said. "Outside of Work." Isn't it funny how CK made a big deal
about it all and was in front of the mic, and media as much as possible while a
NFL QB. Now that he is unemployed. Where is he? No where to seen. And now he
is suing for collusion. Yet he turned down a NFL contract from the Denver
Broncos. This guy doesn't want to work. He wants to be the lazy liberal
he is.Very well said.
Good for Kap! He believes in justice and freedom for ALL people. Congrats NIKE!
@GaryO, "Nike stock initially took a bit of a hit, but it looks like
it's coming back strong."The stock not coming back strong,
it is ending each day on the down trend. Again, these things are way to easy to
find."Utah is ranked at the very bottom end for residents who
join the military."Again, it is to easy to find the facts. Utah
actually ranks number 37 which is not a number per capita. So let's take
into consideration population, and this is out of 50 states. Not 52 like your
beloved Obama quoted. 37 of 50 is not at the bottom. Isn't it ironic
also that 29 of the 37 states are Republican states who voted for our awesome
president Trump. You see, we right siders defend and honor our country unlike
the liberal yellow. Again, way to easy to find. By the way, Utah ranks #2 in
civic involvement.@Impartial 7"Like millions of black
people and young kids that are afraid of the police"You make it
sound as if the police brutalize black people. This is so false and a false cry
as well. All made up to draw attention. Again, to easy to find. Do the
"Just Do It!" is passe now. A new more sjw slogan is needed:Just sit on the bench, kneel during the anthem, get kicked off the team, act
like a victim and then cash in. This will be a fabulous message for
young inner city kids. There will be no detrimental effects on society. Sarcasm aside, this is just a symptom of a society that has lost
it's moral direction. What was once good is now bad, what was once bad is
now good. Officers who risk their lives are prosecuted, thugs who attack them
are heroes. Soldiers who give life and limb are ignored, soldiers who desert are
invited to the White House, etc., etc., etc.
This ad will cause Nike sales to decrease among certain demographics and areas.
However, it will likely cause Nike sales to improve in the very communities who
would benefit most if Nike would manufacture their products in the United
@ChiefGadiantonYou need to do some more history research on the
anthem and what brought it into sports. You are mistakingly wrong in your
statement. The anthem is not an ad.@Moderate"Nike is a
world-wide brand. They will weather the small storm of the vocal
minority."Nike presence is as close to zero as you can get all
throughout Europe. Adidas owns that country market base. Nike is slim to none.
As far as a South American influence I cannot be quite as sure, but I would
venture that Nike's presence is slim down there as well.@Dart
Thrower"No, it will not economically hurt Nike. Their stock is up over
the last two days."This ad dropped on Monday the 3rd, Nike
stocks were at 82.18 at close the previous Friday, today at close on the 6th,
they are at 80.41, with a high since Friday of 80.66. In my math, that is a
drop, in the market a significant one at that. Its had a low of 79.01.
Can't throw out things that are to easy to see. And
BYUalum wrote,"I shudder to think what would have happened if
SHE had won!"The soybean farmers--you know, the ones who
expected to sell their product to China, but who now know that China is buying
from Canada instead because of the retaliatory tarrifs--would beg to differ.
On the other hand, the CEO of Carrier, who used the grants from the
state of Indiana to automate his plant--that means, same production with fewer
workers--is doing very well, and is profoundly grateful to Mr. Trump.
I do not get to engage in politics at my place of employment - not sure why
multi-million dollar NFL players do; So I do not have much sympathy for
Kaepernick's "sacrifice everything" (which still leaves him with
about 20 million more dollars than i have) .However; Kaepernick
certainly has right to freedom of speech outside of work - so do I.Yet, as left wing critics routinely claim - free speech is not free of
consequences. So I have the right to ignore Nike and other insufferably
condescending corporations (which is not really a problem, since i already
do).I also have the right to mock those who praise large left
leaning corporations for having a "corporate conscience" (which agrees
with SJW bias) but are quick to condemn small christian businesses for having a
conscience that is contrary to SJW fundamentalism. Such hypocrites
are a mirror of intolerance - not an alternative
I wonder if the authors of this piece could be a little more clear about what
they mean by "controversy". Kaepernick is protesting the
discriminatory police brutality toward minority citizens. Do you believe that
this is the "wrong" way to protest or to effect change? If so, could
you tell us what you consider the more proper way? And could you also cite
examples of how protesting more "properly" has, historically, gotten
better results?Or do the people who are opposing Kaepernick's
actions think that there is no discriminatory behavior by police? Or, more
ominously, do they think that yes, there is plenty of discriminatory behavior
by police, but no, this isn't a problem because they're not black?
The flag means something, Colin. Too bad you don’t understand that.No matter what your message or gripe, you picked the wrong place and
time to do this.99% of Americans would get fired for doing something
like this at work. Apparently you too were fired from the NFL, but you still
created a mess and distracted people from your message. AND now you get
rewarded by Nike?Stupid people in positions of power.I
suggest all of you who support this disrespect to our flag should talk to some
veterans. Most of us are not happy with you, Colin.The disrespect
for what is good and right just seems to get trampled under more and more today.
@Impartial7Colin has not "sacrificed everything" for his
actions. For that reason alone, it's disingenuous for Nike to print an ad
that states that he has. It's also a slap in the face to those Americans
who have sacrificed everything — including their lives — to protect
this nation and all of its people.Whatever good Colin Kaepernick has
done is being "drowned out" by hyperbole and a company whose ads seek to
BYUalum wrote,"[Trump has been] getting rid of needless
regulations.."I've read posts by you before which make this
claim, but never with any details. Can you please give us an example or two of
some of these "needless" regulations which Trump has gotten rid of?
Believe in what?What has he sacrificed?This shows how the
liberal-left really thinks.
I am one who totally supports President Donald Trump, who as an outsider in
Washington, D.C., has done more to expose the corruption in the Deep State than
anyone in history. I shudder to think what would have happened if SHE had won!
President Trump has done more for this country in job creation, lowering the
unemployment, lowering the people on welfare and food stamps, getting rid of
needless regulations, strengthening the military, and promoting a strong
international presence (NK for one) than any other before him.CK is
making far more money now than he ever would have in the NFL. Sadly, Nike will
probably benefit from the exposure. There are many of us who are disgusted by
this move. We respect the American Flag and our National Anthem at any and all
events! "Pigs on socks" will probably be their next product line.God bless America and our great President! I pray for him every day!
@rvalens2 - Burley, IDSept. 6, 2018 12:03 p.m.Nike used the wrong
words for the Colin Kaepernick ad. They should have been:"Believe in
something — besides yourself." Yeah. Like millions of
black people and young kids that are afraid of the police. How about you read up
on the millions of dollars that Kaepernick donates to charity? This is, and
never was about disrespecting our flag or our military. It's about bringing
attention to long standing social injustice issues. Trump turned it into
something else- as usual. Trump is still mad at the NFL for denying him
ownership of an NFL team in the 1980's.
@Military Mom really summarizes this things quite well. Nike won't be hurt
at all by this ad and they feel confident enough it will help with their loyal
consumers. Trump on the other hand continues to be an embarrassment to
Glyz60 - Salt Lake City, UTSept. 6, 2018 12:32 p.m.Buying several
pairs of Nike this weekend, especially now. A company that truly understands the
what the fight for freedom is about ... for everyone in the USA. Excellent
commercial and message.----Try explaining to a widow who
lost their spouse in active service what the fight for freedom is really about.
I doubt a Nike ad has anything over what they've experienced.
Buying several pairs of Nike this weekend, especially now. A company that truly
understands the what the fight for freedom is about ... for everyone in the USA.
Excellent commercial and message.
Someone tell me why put Kaepernick in an advertisement to begin with. Clearly
Nike is making a political statement (and let me see if I know what that
statement is):1. Police are evil and pigs (Kap wore the socks
depicting policeman as pigs)2. Police will kill you if you are
black3. Kneeling during the anthem because America is a bad place
and unjust4. Che Guevara is good and someone the youth of America
should want to emmulate (he wore a shirt with his face prominenlty on it during
a press conference)5. Mediocre football player and not good enough
to be in the NFLI happen to agree with NONE of those things (except
no.5). Nike is getting into this fight because they want to make a political
statement. And for that reason, I choose to buy Under Armour instead.Subway's market share has dropped DRAMATICALLY because of it's
association with Jared (who is now in prison) - so I anticipate a similar
trajectory for Nike. The NFL ratings are way down - and will continue to drop,
and so will Nike.Liberals are funny; becaues Trump is against
kneeling, they must be for it!
Nike stock initially took a bit of a hit, but it looks like it's coming
back strong."Nike's controversial bet on Kaepernick has
millennial investors piling into the stock (NKE)" - Business InsiderHey Kralon -Re: "This ad is disrespectful to all those
who have given their lives in the service of others and I do not support
it."No it doesn't. The ad shows deserved disrespect to the
Putin puppet in the White House and his loyal minions, and I support it.And isn't it interesting how Utah Trump supporters are now whining
about selflessness and public service, when Utah is ranked at the very bottom
end for residents who join the military. And President Bone Spurs? . . . What
has he done aside from betraying our nation and bringing our country down?
. . . I think I'll go out and buy some new shoes.
As the wife of a soldier and mother of three, I am far more offended by an
amoral, dishonest commander in chief hugging the flag and calling it patriotism
than I am by a peaceful protest that draws attention to a very real problem.
God bless our troops who served and serve now.
No, it will not economically hurt Nike. Their stock is up over the last two
days. I think what lies behind this is a bet by Nike that there are fewer and
fewer people who support Trump and his extreme views. The inverse it that there
are more people who look at Nike favorably for this ad campaign.Having said that, I find all these boycotts exhausting. I can't remember
if I can have an In-N-Out burger, for example..
It's rather situational. Like if you're in a competition with a dozen
other companies, taking a controversial line that makes 30% love you and 30%
hate you can be beneficial.
Nike used the wrong words for the Colin Kaepernick ad. They should have been:"Believe in something — besides yourself."It
would have been much better received than using the word "sacrifice."
This is a whole different kind of lowness than Tiger Wood's affairs. I
personally will look for any other brand than Nike when I make future purchases
- and it has everything to do with Kapernick's classlessness! Moreover,
Nike products are way OVER PRICED. I hope NIKE loses their shirt over standing
by this loser!
If Kap were willing to donate all the proceeds he receives from Nike split
evenly between police training as well as the victims of unwarranted police
violence, I would have much more respect.
I have purchased Nike brand shoes in the past, but I will not be purchasing
them anymore. I will look to buy Adidas or other brands.
Sacrificing everything, give me a break. Like participating in a made up
pretend activity is some sort of holy and profound benefit to mankind. Get a
real job. Could my interest in pop culture fall any farther.
It's a pretty far stretch to suggest that the damage will do harm to
society. Just because it offends people, and can thus be labeled
'divisive' does not demonstrate harm. MLK was divisive, but not
harmful (importantly, I'm not saying Kaepernick is on the level of MLK,
he's just a good example that offending people and causing divisiveness
does not necessarily lead to societal harm).
Nike is a world-wide brand. They will weather the small storm of the vocal
Nike is willing to sacrifice everything including their worth and brand name by
exalting an America hating football thrower. Social justice is more important
than profits, that’s a new one.
I’ve never been a consumer of Nike products but will be sure and purchase
something made by them in support of this noble cause.
This whole controversy shows just how silly people in this country are,
especially over patriotism. Just silly. It's like they'll look for
anything to be outraged about. Well guess what, folks, the anthem was brought
into the starting of sporting events to sell tickets. It was, is and will
continue to be used as a marketing ploy, so there you have it. The anthem ITSELF
is an ad.
Nike missed the point of Sacrifice. It is not someone offered a 7 million $
contract with Denver to then snub your nose at it. Try Pat Tillman
who walked away from the NFL to go to Afganastan and fight. Pat Tillman gave all
Mr Kapernick is getting millions for nothing but hi picture.
I don't love it when a corporation chooses one side over another in just
about any political type issue. I think Nike is making a mistake choosing
this has-been as the "face" of it's products, but what do I
know...they can do whatever they want.I do know that I have a lower
opinion of Nike now and am less likely to support that brand.
"sacrificing everything"? I really wouldn't have had
much of a problem with Nike and Kaepernick, but, it is the use of that phrase,
"sacrifice everything", that bothers me.If 30 year old,
multimillionaire Kaepernick (supposedly worth $20 million now plus more to come
from Nike) thinks he has sacrificed everything, he is truly clueless. If Nike
thinks that Kaepernick has sacrificed everything, they are totally out of touch
with reality.This ad is disrespectful to all those who have given
their lives in the service of others and I do not support it.