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BREAKING: Colin Kaepernick Got Horrible News From Nike

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Nike is going forward with their ad campaign featuring former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. It’s a social justice warrior’s dream come true. In my opinion, it should never have happened, but Nike decided to move ahead and double down on brand suicide. But it almost didn’t happen.

Evidently, Nike was very close to scrapping the entire campaign that sports the mug of Kaepernick. They feared they would be slammed by those who think kneeling for the National Anthem is un-American. Gee, they were right.

But never fear, Nike didn’t listen to that whisper of common sense. They went with Kaepernick anyway. According to the New York Times, it almost didn’t happen though. They said on Thursday that they spoke to two Nike insiders with information about a high-level meeting where executives came close to cutting ties with Kaepernick.

The word is that a progressive top communications executive at the Oregon-based sportswear company persuaded colleagues to keep Kaepernick on board. They will live to regret listening to that guy, but I digress.

From CNBC:

“Nike’s controversial 30th-anniversary ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick might not have happened as the sportswear company nearly dropped him, according to a report in The New York Times.

“Kaepernick was unemployed after leaving the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, having made headlines for kneeling during the national anthem in protest against police brutality towards African-Americans in the U.S., a move that other players replicated.

“In summer 2017, Nike executives debated dropping their sponsorship, the Times reported. Kaepernick didn’t have a team and keeping him on its roster could diminish its relationship with the NFL, of which Nike is a partner.

“So Nike marketers decided to cancel the contract with Kaepernick, according to a former employee who spoke to the Times on condition of anonymity because of a non-disclosure agreement, which CNBC has not been able to verify.

“But Nigel Powell, the company’s chief communications officer, stepped in, because of the possible backlash Nike would face if it was seen to be on the NFL’s side.

“Eventually, Nike’s longtime ad agency Wieden and Kennedy pushed the company to make Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary “Dream Crazy” campaign, which was released on September 3. A two-minute spot, narrated by Kaepernick, has since been watched more than 26 million times on YouTube but saw Nike shares drop 3 percent on September 4 amid a barrage of criticism.

“Nike CEO Mark Parker said company executives are proud of the ad campaign on an earnings call Tuesday, as it announced a 10 percent rise in revenue to $9.95 billion and 15 percent jump in profit to $1.1 billion in its first quarter.”

Nike told the NYT: “It would be normal for a number of people to offer different perspectives. Final decisions are made as a group.” But not everyone was convinced and they worried about Americans who are taking a stand against Kaepernick’s disrespectful kneeling. They should worry… it’s un-American, anti-cop, and anti-veteran.

What they really feared was a boycott which is now unfolding. Part of the commercial and poster, released on September 5, said: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” which incensed Americans and caused people to burn Nike products and demand that people boycott the brand.

Nike CEO Mark Parker said overall Nike came off better from the Kaepernick saga, as he told analysts during an earnings call this week that the company saw “a real uptick in traffic and engagement, both socially and commercially,” the Times reported. What he didn’t say was that Nike has just dropped to the bottom of the Dow over this.

Nike shares fell 1.3 percent on Wednesday. The stock has gained about 33 percent since the start of the year but is now tanking.

Kaepernick was the one who started the kneeling frenzy in 2016 during the National Anthem at NFL games to protest what he defines as racism and police brutality. Critics accused the protest of disrespecting the US flag and military, and Trump called for players who protested during the anthem to be fired.

Kaepernick, who signed up with Nike after the 2011 NFL Draft, helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013. He lost playing time during the 2015 and 2016 seasons after struggling on the field, and he opted out of his contract to become a free agent in 2017 due to the kneeling circus and other factors.

He has now found a home at Nike. But after the horrible news that his new home almost wasn’t, Kaepernick cannot be feeling snug as a socialist bug these days. Nike may not be a safe haven for Kaepernick indefinitely. After all, in the end… it’s all about money and profits, not politics.

 

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LGBTQ Activists LIVID That Trump Served Chick-Fil-A To College Football Champs

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There’s nothing that ticks off the left like Chick-fil-A. And President Trump is a master troller who used that to full advantage this last week. Universities may be fine with banning Chick-fil-A but at the White House, they are at the top of the menu. And that is triggering some LGBTQ activists.

Trump served another feast of fast food to college football champions last week. This time it wasn’t McDonald’s and Wendy’s… it was the feared Chick-fil-A that sparked outrage and anger.

“For the second time this year, Donald Trump has invited an athletic team to the White House and boasted about serving them fast food,” wrote Tracy Gilchrist at The Advocate. “But this time, chicken sandwiches from the virulently anti-LGBTQ company Chick-fil-A were arranged on silver platters for champions on the North Dakota State Bison football team Monday.”

The horror of it all! The sky is falling!!

President Trump said the athletes requested Chick-fil-A so that is what they got. “We could’ve had chefs, we could have, but we had fast food — because I know you people,” Trump told the athletes. “Chick-fil-A, they say? Chick-fil-A.”

From The Daily Wire:

“Bill Browning of LGBTQ Nation denounced Chick-fil-A’s presence at the White House with the same fervor as Gilchrist.

“For the second time in his presidency, Donald Trump has served fast food to an athletic team to ‘celebrate’ their victory,” wrote Browning. “This time, the President who has attacked the LGBTQ community the most served up Chick-fil-A, a company known for opposing LGBTQ rights.”

“The left-wing hatred for Chick-fil-A began in 2012 when company president and COO Dan Cathy expressed support for traditional marriage, prompting boycotts across the country from LGBTQ activists.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” Cathy said at the time. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said on the Biblical Recorder. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that. We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

“Just last year, two major publications wrote scathing articles begging people to boycott the business: The New Yorker and Huffington Post. “If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A,” wrote Noah Michelson of HuffPo. When Chick-fil-A wanted to set up shop in New York City, Dan Piepenring of The New Yorker called it a “creepy infiltration” of the city.

“Later in 2018, the Pittsburgh city council signed a letter asking Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to drop the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon one-mile run for children and their families at the Pittsburgh Marathon. Fortunately, the organizers did not cave.

“We have and will continue to be accepting of any individual or family who wants to participate in our events,” the organizers said in a statement. “This partnership with Chick-fil-A will help us ensure even more children in southwestern Pennsylvania can learn and share in our love of running.”

“Most recently, a Dean at Rider University resigned from his post when the school banned the chicken restaurant on campus.”

This is beyond dumb. Because Christians own a chicken restaurant the left just can’t take it. But they embrace those of the Muslim faith. Memo to the left… they stone gays to death or worse. The owner’s religion should make no difference when you decide to eat somewhere and if it does… that’s your thing, not mine.

Darn it… now I’ve got to go eat me some yummy Chick-fil-A. I guess I’ll just suffer through it and make mine a double.

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British Olympian Says Transgenders Should Be Barred From Competing Against Biological Women

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Sharron Davies, 56, is a British Olympian. She has said that transgenders should be barred from competing against biological women and for that, accusations of hate have been thrown at her. This woman won a silver medal in swimming at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. She’s also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. But that doesn’t matter… now she’s being labeled as ‘transphobic’.

Davies isn’t shying away from the controversy. She took to Twitter to tell people how she really feels about all this and how transgender athletes make sports unfair for women. I could not agree more. It makes it pointless to compete as a woman when men who are transgendering are in the mix. They still have superior biology that gives them an unfair advantage against women.

“I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender,” Davies wrote on March 1st. “However, I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as. To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport.”

After the massive blowback Davies received, she defended her stance by stating that she is not the only natural-born female athlete who feels that transgenders are essentially cheating natural women out of titles.

“It is not a transphobic thing – I really want to say we have no issue with people who are transgender,” Davies told the BBC on Saturday.

”Every single woman athlete I’ve spoken to, and I have spoken to many, all of my friends in international sports, understand and feels the same way as me,” Davies elaborated. “Unfortunately, a lot of people who are in the races [now] are in a very difficult predicament when they can’t speak out.”

Davies also pointed out that it is incumbent upon athletes past and present to speak up for women’s rights. ”

“It maybe falls to the people who were competing [in the past] who would understand the predicament that is being faced at the moment to try to create a debate, and try to explain how we feel there needs to be a fair and level playing field.”

Martina Navratilova is a legend in tennis. She’s also gay and a big defender of LGBTQ rights. She was attacked by transgender activists for her stance that transgender athletes were “cheating” by competing against natural-born women. Which they are.

“You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,” Navratilova said last December. “There must be some standards and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”

18-time tennis Grand Slam tennis singles champion Navratilova also called transgender athletes competing against women “insane.” It’s hard to argue with her opinion on this. The whole subject is insane. Unfortunately, she felt it necessary to apologize for what she truly thinks here.

From The Daily Mail:

“She was called out by Canadian academic and cycling champion Dr Rachel McKinnon, who is the first transgender woman to win a female world cycling title.

“McKinnon, 35, still has her male anatomy, but has lived as a woman since she was 29.

“She accused Navratilova of transphobia and demanded an apology.

“Following an article on the subject that Navratilova wrote for The Times Athlete Ally, an LGBTQ athlete advocacy group, removed her from their advisory board, stating her comments ‘are transphobic [and] based on a false understanding of science and data.’

“Writing on her website, the 62-year-old admitted she ‘stumbled into a hornet’s nest’ when giving her opinion on the issue.

“‘I know that my use of the word ‘cheat’ caused particular offence among the transgender community. I’m sorry for that because I certainly was not suggesting that transgender athletes in general are cheats,’ she wrote.

“She said her comments related ‘to a notional case in which someone cynically changes gender’ to gain an advantage.

“The Czech-born former star said there is no ‘blanket rule’ that will appeal to everyone, adding: ‘After all, if everyone were included, women’s sports as we know them would cease to exist.'”

Which is exactly the point I have been making.

“The communists tried to shut me up 45 years ago and look how that worked out…” Navratilova wrote towards the end of her blog post. It was a possible reference to the fact that she was stripped of her Czechoslovakian citizenship in 1975 after defecting to the U.S. It’s the same ideology here except the communists are transgender. Navratilova didn’t back down then, she should not back down now and neither should Davies.

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