Rep. Sean Duffy speaks out against Nike ad

Ruben Holloway
September 14, 2018

Some Kaepernick critics took that to mean sacrificing their Nike products.

"Just Blew It", posted another.

The NFL, which gave in to pressure from Trump and ordered players not to kneel on the field during the anthem, nonetheless praised Kaepernick. Trump and others have frequently mischaracterized Kaepernick's protests as being against the anthem or the American flag. "You can not do that". "Good. Stay that way", Kaepernick says in the ad.

At the start of the ad, Kaepernick says: "If people say your dreams are insane, if they laugh at what you think you can do, good".

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In the immediate backlash against the campaign, announced on Monday, Nike shares fell almost 4 percent at one point on Tuesday and closed down 3.2 percent.

Nike did not respond to a request for comment.

The advert, titled "Dream Crazy", has Kaepernick narrating over images and footage of various athletes with inspirational stories, including National Basketball Association icon LeBron James, tennis star Serena Williams and Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge. He threatened Nike in a tweet: "Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks". Now they've given him an excuse to send out a new smoke screen to help us forget about Russian Federation, rampant corruption and abducted children.

Closing his remarks, he said he stood "for anybody who believes in change".

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"The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action", said Jocelyn Moore, the NFL's executive vice president of communications and public affairs.

Nike, which represents some of the world's biggest and influential athletes, tweeted its support for tennis icon Serena Williams.

The move was criticised by some on Twitter, with several users vowing to boycott Nike while others posted videos of them destroying the company's merchandise. "And if companies do that, and encourage people to get more politically involved, then that's something", says Pearl Jacobs, of New Rochelle. "I stand for anybody that believes in a positive attitude", LeBron James said in support.

"I feel like I've lived through this before, just being close to my older brother and seeing him go through it when he was with the 49ers", Justin Reid said. It appears the slogan applied to Nike itself, as well. At a political rally in September 2017 he said National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem: "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now!"

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Stephen Martin, the owner of Prime Time Sports, said he knows he is jeopardizing his business, as a large part of his inventory is Nike NFL jerseys, according to KRDO.

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