Texas Republicans War With Nike, Kaepernick

Tonya Becker
September 8, 2018

College of the Ozarks announced that it is choosing "country over company" and is dropping Nike over the sportswear company's use of the former National Football League player to promote the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" ad campaign.

Sep 7, 2018; Newtown Square, PA, USA; Tiger Woods walks to the 11th hole tee box during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Aronimink GC.

"I don't think it's appropriate what they did", he said. "It's a lovely spot and pretty powerful people in the spot".

MarketWatch reported on Friday that Nike's online sales jumped 31 percent in the wake of the ad's release and public reaction to the campaign.

Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has been a polarizing figure since becoming the first NFL player to stage protests of racial injustice during pregame renditions of the national anthem.

While the motto of the ad is "Don't ask if your dreams are insane, ask if they're insane enough" - many have honed into the one that tells Kaepernick's story: "Believe in something, even if it means losing everything". "Kaepernick" and "Nike" both trended on Twitter after the campaign was announced. They have somewhere it says you will stand.

Woods, the second most successful golfer ever with 14 major titles, has been careful throughout his career to avoid saying or doing anything that could be construed as political.

Iguodala, a long-time Nike athlete, has never been shy in speaking about social issues, and this isn't the first time he's shown his support for Kaepernick and the brand and what they stand for.

A small private college in Missouri said earlier this week it will end its use of uniforms containing the Nike logo over due to the athletic brand's decision.

"If I was in the NFL I would be kneeling still", said another resident Peyton Warren.

President Trump, a critic of protests during the anthem, tweeted Friday, "What was Nike thinking?" There's some people that say they want to talk about it and say they want to discuss it and debate it, but they don't.

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