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September 4, 2018 at 1:14 pm #791762
I love Kap and totally support him. I also applaud Nike and think the NFL (aside from killing people for entertainment with neurological disorders) is a total waste of time. I just wondered what everyone thought about this today. I think people aligning that by burning Nike gear you are not A. Supporting the Flag B. Supporting our troops is completely insane and do not understand how stupid people can be to make that correlation. What does everyone think?September 4, 2018 at 2:13 pm #791810
bump!September 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm #792115
I’ll bite since I listened to too much sports talk radio today. I happen to like Colin Kaepernick and fully support what he’s standing for. However, no special applause to Nike, they likely did their market research and found that this campaign would lead to more sales from a spokesperson that they can pay relatively cheaply. Publicly traded companies do not take stands on issues like this unless they can profit from it. Piss off a few older conservatives who hardly buy their product, win over more millennials who buy lots of their product, and maybe get the media to remind everyone that Under Armor is on team Trump. No credit for altruism here. Smart campaign though.September 4, 2018 at 9:08 pm #792140
I am not a fan of NFL and I think Colin is idiotic but to each their own.
Nike wanted to make money off the controversy. Time will tell if that is the right decision for Nike’s sales.September 5, 2018 at 6:09 am #792641
Is it weird that I’m just bummed people are destroying perfectly good pairs of Nike’s? A good pair of kicks ain’t cheap. Why not donate them to homeless vets they claim to be soooo offended for?September 5, 2018 at 6:23 am #792659
I think that what Kap is doing and has been doing is wonderful and 100% patriotic. I think what Nike is doing is, as MrMidTwenties states, a well-researched marketing campaign. It’s a great campaign and with an important social message but also…it’s a marketing campaign meant to stir up high-emotions and controversy.
I do find it interesting that Nike is the official uniform sponsor/various other gear sponsor of the NFL until 2028.September 5, 2018 at 9:20 am #792900
Amber Ruffin on Seth Myers called out the hypocrisy of the protesters. In short they should be protesting in private and not trying to shove their protest in everyone’s face publicly.”
I wonder how much sales New Balance will make as the unofficial alt-right kicks source?September 5, 2018 at 9:48 am #792944
Considering that Nike manufactures their shoes in third world sweat shops, in appalling conditions for slave wages and makes a fortune exploiting these people, I wouldn’t touch their product without a court order.September 5, 2018 at 9:53 am #792954
At least New Balance manufactures their shoes in Europe and North America, thereby paying their employees wages well above the pennies a day that Nike pays its slaves in harsh conditions.
Pretty hard to take the moral high ground when you are the modern day equivalent of a hard driving Southern slave owner.September 5, 2018 at 10:00 am #792964
I’m a vet. The father of my children is a combat vet. My uncles and family of origin have served, someone in every generation going off to defend this country since we became a part of it. I remember people who’s names were flashed up on TV as KIA during the last gulf wars. I wonder how many others remember them.
One of the reasons we serve and struggle is so that people have the right to protest and utilize their free speech. The protests against inequality that caused a man to kneel are a uniquely and beautifully American thing. This is the exact sort of thing vets sacrificed to protect. Anyone who claims to be offended on my behalf needs to understand something – THEY are the problem, not the protesters. Trying to muffle free speech that is promoting a more perfect union is abhorrent to the American way.
As far as Nike goes, it’s a calculated publicity stunt. They’ll get some controversy in the short term, make a lot of money in the long term. Kap? I have much respect for anyone who takes a small non violent act and forces a nation to confront some of its darkest aspects.September 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm #793163
Just a bunch of dumb racist idiot hicks burning their own expensive shoes. Hilarious! I can’t wait til we hear about one of them accidentally setting fire to their own house or — better yet! — seriously maiming themselves by fire…September 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm #793222
I am no Trump fan by any means, but I think there were better choices for the ad then Kaepernick. Cant respect Nike for this choice. Theyre getting what they wanted out of it though im sure! And I do love that it is clearly getting to DT lol seeing him care enough to tweet about it (shocker) is pretty humorous.
Also, burning the nike apparel? lol.