Nike displays it’s racism without an ounce of concern, as their contract with Colin Kaepernick proves. Now, we can add ‘anti-American’ to the list of names we call the shoe giant.
With Independence Day looming, Nike had a great idea. They designed a red, white and blue shoe adorned with American flags. And not just any flag, the original Betsy Ross American flags.
I’m guessing thousands of Americans would have forgotten the Nikes they burned in protest after Kaepernick got his big endorsement deal, because almost every red blooded American loves to show off their patriotism. It could have been #Forgiveness and #ILoveAmerica at 4th of July parties all across the country.
Nike had the potential to win back millions of customers. However, the shoe won’t make it to the stores, and I’m fairly certain Nike will soon feel the sting hating America inevitably leaves behind.
And guess who Nike can thank for their latest blunder? You guessed it. Colin Kaepernick. Nike already had the shoes posted online for all the world to see when Kaepernick saw them and immediately called his sponsors. Kaepernick wanted the shoe pulled, and Nike couldn’t comply fast enough. And his reason is absolutely ridiculous.
According to Kaepernick, the American flag shoes are a symbol of racism.
Deroy Murdock penned an oped for Fox News. As Murdock put it:
For starters, why is anyone listening to this creep?
Kaepernick is one of the most divisive people in this country. He started the “take-a-knee” movement that had Americans shouting at each other for perhaps 18 months or more. Rather than set aside our differences and unify ourselves through “The Star-Spangled Banner,” he chose to pit Americans against each other over one of the few things that hold us together.
Shame on him!
This punk has not played football since 2016. And he didn’t distinguish himself much, at that. I know nothing about football, and the less I learn about it, the better. What I do know is, rather than play ball, he created massive migraines for the entire NFL. When he got other players to take to their knees during the national anthem before games, he sent ratings into a tailspin as revolted fans clicked off their HDTVs. No wonder team owners dodged him like the measles.
If this bum has a problem with Betsy Ross’ 13-star flag and the original 13 colonies, then, as Brian Kilmeade observed Tuesday morning on “Fox & Friends,” Kaepernick has a problem with today’s American flag. It has 13 stripes, which also represent our original 13 colonies and the first 13 American states. So, Kaepernick’s fight is with any and every American flag created since 1776.
As for Nike, shame on this corporate giant for caving into this loudmouth. Nike should have ignored Kaepernick and sold these shoes to the millions of Americans who love this country, rather than knuckle under to the rants of this solitary anti-American, tattoo-encrusted loser.
The Backlash Begins
Last year, Americans were burning their Nike gear in the streets. And the stock-market reflected the way people truly felt about a company siding with a scoundrel like Kaepernick. They lost billions with their stock market dip. But apparently they didn’t lose enough money to cut Kaepernick loose.
Now, they gamble a second time on Kaepernick’s emotions. Undoubtedly, the stock prices will drop again. The question is- just how much is Nike willing to lose behind this loser?
However, there are a few victories emerging from Nike’s transgression.
The only person to escape favorably from this needless mess is Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz.
“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision,” Ducey said today via Twitter. ”I am embarrassed for Nike. Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.”
“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism,” Ducey added. “It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.”
“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours,” Ducey continued. “I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here.”
Ducey concluded: “Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history…And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.”
And while Betsy Ross’ story just made a comeback, I think it’s way past time we say “The End” to the tale of Colin Kaepernick.