As football season begins in earnest, Miami Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Watson kept the controversy alive, choosing again to kneel during the national anthem on the NFL’s opening Sunday. Social justice warrior and NFL pariah Colin Kaepernick made sure to extend his offer of thanks to them via social media, referring to the due as “brothers” tweeting – “My Brothers (Stills) and (Watson) continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed. They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. … Love is at the root of our resistance.”
My Brothers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed! They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. Their courage will move the world forward!
“Love is at the root of our resistance!”✊? pic.twitter.com/2kSsX4s7EU
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 9, 2018
This directly follows the controversial rollout of Nike’s new ad campaign featuring Kaepernick himself featuring the caption – “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” Many have remarked on the complete hypocrisy of the Kaepernick claiming to be taking a knee for injustice and oppression for a company with a well-documented history of issues of using child labor and sweatshops in third world nations dating back to the 1970s while Kaepernick himself collects a multi-million dollar check, far more than he ever would have made in the mid-level NFL franchise.
Nike stocks tanked the weekend directly following the announcement, yet now curiously despite the rash of memes flooding Facebook and other social media platforms calling for various Nike apparel and shoes to be burned or otherwise destroyed, and hatred spewed on those who dare suggest something as innocuous as actually donating used Nike items to such causes as homeless veterans, Nike sales have actually soared 31%. It is an incredible increase considering the hatred being spewed across the web.
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Lifezette reports – “Digital commerce and research firm Edison Trends, which tracks sales growth for large e-commerce companies like Nike, indicated that Nike sales are dramatically higher now than during the same quarterback in 2017.
As Kaepernick appears to gain popularity for his stance against oppression by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games, the internet has exploded with counteroffensives against the billion-dollar footwear and sportswear giant — ever since the multimillion-dollar deal was struck with the alum of the University of Nevada in Reno and currently unemployed quarterback.
Detractors of the athlete have shunned his purported disrespect for the U.S. military, the anthem, and the American flag during his time in a 49ers uniform.
And with Nike’s hitting an already contentious subject below the belt in its newest ad, fans are calling for an exodus of apparel, shoes and other goods produced by Nike.”
President Donald Trump himself weighed in again regarding the Kaepernick controversy and the continued NFL protests, tweeting – “Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. 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!”
Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
However, President Trump also acknowledged that in a free country, Nike has the right to choose to feature whomever they like in their ad campaign, tweeting in a consecutive tweet –
“As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way — I mean, I wouldn’t have done it. 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.”
President Trump also revealed in an interview that Nike is actually a tenant of his. Nike’s five-floor Niketown store is located in Trump’s property on 57th Street in New York City.
Lifezette reports “former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended Kaepernick, calling on more players to debate whether it’s OK to discuss racial injustices and systematic hatred in professional sports.
Social media users have exploded with commentary since the ad aired, with many people banding behind Kaepernick, while others have taken videos of themselves burning Nike merchandise to protest the money being paid to the former quarterback.
Many believe Nike is shelling out cash to promote anti-oppression while oppressing their own overseas staff through unethical workplace conditions and ridiculously low pay.
A small Missouri college has already removed Nike goods from use by their sports teams as Nike shares tumbled 3 percent late last week.
Jerry C. Davis, president of College of the Ozarks, said in a statement this past Wednesday that Nike’s selection of the controversial Kaepernick was “promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America.”
Davis also said, “If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them.”
Investors fear the move will further degrade the stock in an already competitive sportswear and shoe space.
As an unsigned free agent, Kaepernick still has no offers to play for any NFL franchise to date.”