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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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Tom Brady Yells ‘Reagan, Reagan!’ During Super Bowl And The Responses Are Hilarious

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In one of the coolest moments in football history (as far as I’m concerned), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made an unusual call during a play last night during the Super Bowl. Brady stepped to the line of scrimmage during the third quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, took one look at how the Los Angeles Rams’ defense was squared up and decided to change the play right then and there. And it set social media on fire all over again.

Brady could clearly be heard on a microphone invoking the name of President Ronald Reagan. “Reagan! Reagan!” Brady yelled. I was already rooting for the Pats but they won my heart forever right then and there. How insanely cool is that? After the snap, he handed off the football to running back Sony Michel, who ran toward the right for a 4-yard gain, SB Nation reported.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo commented that Brady’s call must have meant “run to the right.” And just like that, the New England Patriots became the official team of the Republican Party. President Trump is loved by Brady and Belichick, as well as others on the team. It would seem that Reagan is held dear as well.

You gotta love the Pats trolling the left in the Super Bowl. Epic. The blue checkmark crowd on Twitter came unglued after this on both the right and the left. Good times.

Conservatives loved it to death:

  • “I love it,” one Twitter user noted. “Tom Brady shouted Reagan Reagan, and then they ran to the right. I officially love Tom Brady, and the Patriots are officially the team of the Republican Party.”
  • “Tom Brady just called ‘Reagan Reagan,’ which according to Tony Romo means run to the right,” another added. “I now concede that Tom Brady is the GOAT.”
  • “CNN Breaking News: Tom Brady yells Reagan Reagan before play. 12-person panel has been assembled to discuss Brady’s clear racism,” another joked.

Liberals, however, were not amused:

  • “Y’all still hype up Tom Brady as if he isn’t a racist trump lover???” one Twitter user asked. “Did y’all not hear the Reagan thing either??? Or are we choosing to ignore those things???”
  • “OF COURSE Tom Brady would have an audible named after Ronald Reagan,” another noted. “God I hate Tom Brady.”
  • “Ronald Reagan and Tom Brady are both pieces of s**t,” yet another succinctly put it.

The Conservative Tribune posited a very believable reason for the call:

“Third, the Patriots have often been known to thumb their noses at decorum and have no problem running a score up or rubbing their opponents’ faces in the dirt to send a message. It would not be a stretch at all to consider “Reagan” an overtly intentional play call given how much flak Brady, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and team owner Robert Kraft have gotten from the left about their association and friendship with Trump.”

The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl 13 to 3 much to the horror of leftists across the nation. It was the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history. Corbin Smith of The Daily Beast who wrote that the Patriots are “the preferred team of white nationalists,” must have stroked out over it.

This is Brady’s unprecedented sixth NFL championship. And Reagan lives on. Go Pats!

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Daily Beast: Patriots Are ‘Preferred Team Of White Nationalists’

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The Daily Beast’s author Corbin Smith really went off on the New England Patriots before the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for him, the Pats won. In a very weird, racist screed that just oozed anger and hatred, Smith called the Patriots fans Team MAGA,” the living manifestation of “MAGA scum,” and, perhaps most stunning of all, “the preferred team of white nationalists.” He also called Boston a racist city for what it is worth. Boston is no such thing and neither are the Patriots.

Smith said that Patriots fans were complicit in the white nationalism and he really went after Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and the team owner Robert Kraft. He calls them all “supporters” of President Trump. Smith referred to Brady as “unnerving” because at a rally he led a chant of “we’re still here.” Smith claims Brady is a “square-jawed grifter throwing red meat to the hogs at an alt-right rally, screaming at the libs who thought Nancy Pelosi and her gender warriors were gonna keep DECENT AMERICAN FOLKS from BEING HERE.”

Smith’s rant was epic:

“This past weekend, the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots held a rally for their sweatiest fans at Gillette Stadium. Brady gave a speech. It ended… unnervingly.

“WE’RE STILL HERE! WE’RE STILL HERE! Obviously, Brady is referring to his aging, decrepit, cheating-ass squad’s progression to the big game. But, imagine you didn’t know anything about football, or who Tom Brady was, or anything like that. You would think that you were watching some square-jawed grifter throwing red meat to the hogs at an alt-right rally, screaming at the libs who thought Nancy Pelosi and her gender warriors were gonna keep DECENT AMERICAN FOLKS from BEING HERE.

“Of course, even if you do know stuff about Brady you may still think he’s on his way to pursuing this line of grifting. He flashed a red MAGA hat, an accouterment that is gaining more and more traction as a symbol of white nationalism in America, in his locker back in the primary days. He wasn’t the only one! Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick wrote a goddamn letter to Trump right before the end of the campaign that basically amounted to an endorsement, that Trump then read on stage. And Pats’ owner Robert Kraft is also his pal, and was even shouted out at Trump’s pre-Inauguration dinner in D.C. for his most deep-pocketed donors.”

This was another part of Smith’s twisted argument:

“The whole institution of Boston sports, from root to stem, is tinged with the sort of racism that brought Trump into office. The Boston Red Sox were the last MLB team to desegregate, more than a decade after Jackie Robinson entered the league. The Sox’s first owner, Tom Yawkey, was an infamous racist whose speech was peppered with racial slurs. Larry Bird became a symbol of white resentment during his time in the NBA, his jersey appearing as a symbol of white entitlement to black spaces in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. His large teammate, Kevin McHale, was spotted at a Trump rally during the election.

“Look, it doesn’t matter if the Patriots like it or not, they are the official team of American White Nationalism, the MAGA Boys On the Field. You can’t implicitly or explicitly support Trump, who reads speeches written by Stephen Miller as a matter of course, play in a market whose sporting culture is renowned for its racism, have a decade-plus organizational obsession with undersized white receivers, and be called, no shit, the Patriots, without getting the vile Fox News Soup that poisoned half the country on your shirt. Try to put on a bib of distancing yourself, deflecting questions, telling everyone your wife told you to stop talking about it, that shit isn’t gonna work. You’re the MAGA Kid. It’s on you forever. It stalks and haunts you.

“When you root for the Patriots, you are associating yourself with a virulent and revolting strain of politics that seeks to Make America Great Again—which is to say, white, European, English-speaking. And look, I understand if you’ve been rooting for Boston teams your whole life. Fandom is a hard drug to quit. But please, look at yourself, look at who these guys put out for, and reconsider. Think about if you would want to find yourself in a crowd of sweaty, white men chanting WE’RE STILL HERE while a Trump supporter egged you on. Are you one-hundred percent sure you’re comfortable with that?”

It was one of the most bizarre pieces I have ever read, even for The Daily Beast. Anyone who even remotely supports Trump is evidently a racist in his eyes. A MAGA hat seen with Brady is surely what set this guy off originally back in 2015. Brady may have been friends and a golfing buddy to Trump but he has never publically supported him.

Belichick wrote a “letter” to Trump that Trump often refers to in his campaign speeches. Kraft donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration committee and got a “shout out” from Trump at the event. Kraft and Trump have since parted ways over a difference of opinion over NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.

Social media tore Smith to shreds as they should have over this silliness. When President Trump wins a second term, look for this guy to accuse the entire nation of racism and white nationalism. He’s unhinged and needs help. But then, this is The Daily Beast we are speaking of.

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