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A move by Nike to make activist and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of their 30th-anniversary campaign immediately revealed itself to be a terrible, terrible idea.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
Nike lost $3 billion as their shares plummeted, and former consumers of the popular sports brand started burning their own Nike apparel in protest. Ridicule was directed at the company far and wide.
Then President Trump responded on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller.
“I think it’s a terrible message,” Trump commented. “Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent,”
“I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it. Maybe there’s a reason for them doing it,” he continued. “But I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it.”
“As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way — I mean, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said, but added, “In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”
The NFL also decided, for some reason, to release a statement on the Nike-Kaepernick deal, too.
According to Yahoo, the National Football League reiterated their support for Kaepernick and other national anthem protesters, saying, “The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity. We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities. The social issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”
The @NFL had more than enough time to prove it cared about "social justice issues that Colin & other professional athletes raised" It decided to blackball @Kaepernick7 when they couldn't silence him & now they're giving lip service instead of real action. https://t.co/DyRgrFJAMx
— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) September 4, 2018
Also on Tuesday, the Daily Wire mocked the supposed sacrifice that Kaepernick made by choosing to use his failing football career to gain attention as a #BlackLivesMatter activist.
“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt,” Kaepernick tweeted out on Sunday, including Nike’s motto.
The Daily Wire pointed out that, according to Bleacher Report, Kaepernick has been making money from Nike since 2011. And now this new deal is intended to give him his own clothing line, aimed at netting him millions of dollars in royalties, putting him on the same tier as a “top-end NFL player.”
Wow…what a sacrifice you made, Kaepernick…all sarcasm intended.
Colin Kaepernick lost his lawsuit against the NFL once legend John Elway gave written testimony that he offered him a high paying job. Kaepernick refused Elway’s offer, holding out for more with another team…which he didn’t get. That’s when he went on to sue the NFL for allegedly black-balling him from being on a team, which was obviously not true.
After all of this, Nike makes him their poster boy for “believing in something and sacrificing everything,” on a lie, when he didn’t sacrifice anything — he only complained, whined, lied, and made himself a victim of his own decisions.
Nike is overpriced crap quality and for that reason, they found the human version of that to represent them.