National Association of Police Organizations calls for boycott of Nike over Kaepernick campaign

Kaepernick wearing his police bashing socks

Race profiteer Colin Kaepernick has an endorsement deal with Nike. It has caused A LOT of debate. The former NFL player is featured in Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign in an ad with the statement, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

According to NBC:

Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multiyear deal to make him one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Nike hasn’t officially announced the contract.

The person said Nike will feature Kaepernick on several platforms, including billboards, television commercials and online ads. Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity, the person said. The deal puts Kaepernick in the top bracket of NFL players with Nike.”

Many people are NOT pleased with the campaign especially since Kaepernick is very critical of police and was once caught wearing socks depicting police as pigs.

As a result, the National Association of Police Organizations called for a boycott of Nike. From their statement:

“NAPO is calling on all our member officers, their families and friends to join in boycotting all Nike products in response to the company’s selection of Colin Kaepernick for its “Just Do It” ad campaign. On September 4, NAPO sent a letter to the Chairman, President and CEO of Nike, Inc., condemning this move in the strongest possible terms. Mr. Kaepernick is known, not as a successful athlete, but as a shallow dilettante seeking to gain notoriety by disrespecting the flag for which so many Americans have fought and died. 

The inclusion of Mr. Kaepernick in Nike’s “Just Do It” ad campaign also perpetuates the falsehood that police are racist and aiming to use force against African Americans and persons of color.  In reality, officers across the nation risk their lives not only protecting the athletes featured in Nike’s various campaigns, but also serve aspiring athletes across the country who use the Nike brand, through the thousands of Police Athletic Leagues, Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brother/Big Sister programs where our officers donate their time and energy. They deserve to have the respect and full support of corporate citizens like Nike. 

Adding to the insult is the image of Mr. Kaepernick from the campaign featuring the quote “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”  The fact that Mr. Kaepernick is no longer a starting NFL player does not equate to him being someone who has “sacrificed everything”. To truly understand what it means to “believe in something” and “sacrifice everything”, you should look to Arlington National Cemetery, or to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, D.C., or to the trauma unit of a military hospital. The brave men and women of every race and color buried there, memorialized there, healing there, believed in this nation and our flag and exemplify the true meaning of “sacrifice”.  

In featuring Mr. Kaepernick in the “Just Do It” campaign, Nike grossly insults the men and women who really do make sacrifices for the sake of our nation.  

Click here to view NAPO’s letter to Nike, Inc.”

I can’t remember the last time I purchased a Nike product. I certainly won’t be buying any in the future.

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Alma
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Alma

Neither Kaepernick nor Nike are worth spending money on, one isn’t so good an athlete, a motherless PoS, the other is just a pair of stinking expensive tennis shoes. They go hand-in-hand so any endorsements to either one is unpatriotic. A Police Officer’s life is on the line every day he wears the badge, whether he is on or off duty he answers the call, he is a son, a daughter, a human being with morals and a love of serving a community and the citizens. A badge is like a flag, to be respected and to honor it, to… Read more »

kjf
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kjf

This is somewhat shocking, who would have thought a world company what kill itself this way? Sure i expected it in some sjw fashion but using a failed athlete? Should have used a failed politician, would have been a cleaner death

 
Maryaha
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Maryaha

Saw this last night.
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“Mark Parker CEO of Nike has been a Director of the Board of Directors for Disney since 2016.”=========

Check out the demonic artwork of some of his favorite artists. Are all of these people devil worshippers?😈

https://mobile.twitter.com/TrailShade/status/1037008645765120000

 
Lophatt
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Lophatt

I am seeing more and more of this radicalization of everything. I think its part of using popular things to force people into making “choices” to support the dark side. It is no longer acceptable here to use one’s mind to think for one’s self. You must profess loyalty to The State (in the person of the Social Marxists) or suffer the consequences. Sadly I think most people seem to fall for this tactic. They want to belong so badly that they rush to “join” rather than to think of what’s being asked of them. This is clearly not about… Read more »

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Maybe Nike could sell their stuff at Dick’s or Penney’s or Target. Misery loves company

 
JJ
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JJ

Wow–just Saturday my husband passed up a $50 pair of Nike sliders..good thing for us; bad thing for Nike.

 
Alma
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Alma

K-Mart, Target, Walmart, they may not be the best but boy you can walk, run, kick, throw in the wash. mac. and they are just as good, is not the brand but the person wearing them.

 
Joel Walbert
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Joel Walbert

If your shoes and your entertainment are that important to you that you wish ill on a man for standing up for something he believes in, knowing his career could suffer because of doing it, then you are the problem, not Colin. You don’t have to agree with his message. You don’t have to agree with his methods. But its not your right to determine how another exercises his. Get over it. Its been twisted into classic divide & conquer. ‘I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say… Read more »

Disgusted
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Disgusted

Just wait for brutality lawsuits because “the victim was wearing Nikes”

 
TrailDust
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I’m in.

 
TrailDust
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Look at their disregard for their stock holders. Billions lost immediately.

 
Jackie Puppet
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Nike has always been overpriced and overrated, because they jack up the prices once they sign an athlete to a huge contract. I wore Nike once in high school, they hurt my feet, and went back to Converse. Even when I made the varsity basketball team, and the school had a little deal with Nike, I stuck with Converse (this was way before Nike purchased Converse). My wife once bought me a sweatshirt with a huge Nike & the logo on the front for Christmas. I promptly took it back the next day, and got a no-name brand sweat shirt… Read more »

Disgusted
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Disgusted

Most ridiculed ad campaign in history

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Seumas
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Seumas

I have seen some calls for burning nike stuff around here, personally, I think its foolish, as if a corporation cares if it’s foreign-made (and potentially sweat-shop produced) products are torched, all this does is waste the shoes etc. and make a statement that falls on deaf corporate ears. My Wife gave good council in suggesting to give any such products to the homeless & poverty stricken, free of charge, instead. (It may or may not really irks nike’s execs, as obviously such people could never afford that stuff, given the prices they charge for it.) These folks do need… Read more »

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Brilliant move Nike, cough cough, you hire a guy, paying him millions. that spends his time crying he is fighting social injustice while paying your workers 20 centers an hour. Makes both of you hypocrites.

 
Disgusted
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Disgusted

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Lophatt
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Lophatt

Maybe someone could ask them about this?

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Steven Broiles
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Not only is Kapernick a mediocre quarterback at best, but he really is a total freaking moron. What the hell is Nike trying to do—go bust? Donald Trump was only half-right when he said that we, as a country, are “being ruled by very stupid people”: A large number of corporations are headed by very stupid people, also, it would seem. As for Nike, I don’t recall ever buying a pair. Maybe I did, years ago, before sneakers hit $200 a pair. One thing’s for sure: I will NEVER be buying a pair now: Kapernick whines about being oppressed; Yes,… Read more »

Flanders
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Flanders

“College chooses ‘country over company,’ terminates Nike sponsorship deal” “Nike’s Colin Kaepernick campaign has cost it its first institutional contract. The College of the Ozarks said it would “choose its country over company” by terminating its Nike sponsorship deal and removing all Nike-branded athletic equipment or uniforms, according to a report by Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC. The school, a private Christian college [Point Lookout, Missouri], said it was canceling the contract over Nike featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. — “In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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America is finished.

Online sales of Nike apparel and shoes surged 27% in the four days after quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick became the face of a new advertising campaign. Sales dipped in the same four-day period last year.

https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBN11mm?m=en-us&referrerID=InAppShare

 
JosevTorres
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JosevTorres

Don’t believe it, live just outside of Tombstone, Arizona and have never seen any carrying a gun. Think this is BS, sounds like the rancher wants a new fence for free.