A former NFL quarterback has been selected as the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign for its 30-year anniversary.
Colin Kaepernick Tweeted the first image from this year’s campaign Monday afternoon.
“Believe in something,” he said. “Even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt”
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
Kaepernick started the NFL’s National Anthem protest controversy by kneeling for the Anthem in 2016. Players who have joined in the protest say that it is about recognizing unfair treatment of minorities by police.
In August of the same year, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the same month, and has been jobless ever since.
But many NFL fans saw it as a sign of disrespect to the brave men and women who serve our nation each day. Fans launched a boycott of the league, which saw a ratings drop of about 10% in the 2017-2018 season.
Those same Americans are lashing out at the Nike brand.
“Only thing he has ‘landed’ in awhile. Good to know Nike supports an ‘oppressed’ crybaby who hates America.
#smh” wrote conservative figure Tomi Lahren.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) September 3, 2018
@nike “sacrificing everything’ to ‘believe in something’ is dying while serving your country to defend all our freedoms. It isn’t getting paid millions to star in your advertising campaign. Pathetic,” said hybrid sports and political commentator Clay Travis.
Hey @nike “sacrificing everything” to “believe in something” is dying while serving your country to defend all our freedoms. It isn’t getting paid millions to star in your advertising campaign. Pathetic. pic.twitter.com/4TDv5IQJQd
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 3, 2018
“This is what it looks like to sacrifice everything. I support your protest, but let us be cautious with our words. There is no tomorrow for these men and women, you have the rest of your life in front of you. They died nameless, in a fight most have forgotten, for you,” said retired Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf.
This is what it looks like to sacrifice everything. I support your protest, but let us be cautious with our words. There is no tomorrow for these men and women, you have the rest of your life in front of you. They died nameless, in a fight most have forgotten, for you. pic.twitter.com/RjKSG8kJZm
— Andy Stumpf (@AndyStumpf77) September 3, 2018
The outrage will likely spill over into a campaign to boycott Nike, with many already Tweeting the hashtag.
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Jussie Smollett Charged By Special Prosecutor For Chicago Hate Hoax
Smollett won’t get off the hook after all.
Chicago actor Jussie Smollett was charged by a Cook County special prosecutor with six counts of disorderly conduct related to lying to the police on Tuesday. Dan Webb, a former U.S attorney appointed by Judge Michael Toomin, announced the charges as the result of a grand jury investigation.
Smollett had appeared to escape criminal repercussions for a hoax he orchestrated of January 2019, in which he paid two Nigerian brothers to play the role of Trump supporters and “attack” him in a fake racially charged event. Smollett was originally charged by prosecutors with filing a fake police report, but evaded punishment when a suspect district attorney ordered the charges dropped on the basis of Smollett’s supposed community service.
But he won’t use his ‘get out of jail free’ card after all. Webb was appointed by Judge Toomin six months ago to investigate the circumstances surrounding the suspicious dropping of Smollett’s charges. In a statement, the special prosecutor explained his decision to file new criminal charges against Smollett for his orchestration of the hoax.
““The grand jury’s investigation revealed that Jussie Smollett planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred.”
A statement from Smollett’s lawyers in light of the new criminal charges goes to show the former Empire actor isn’t thrilled that he’s going back to court to face accountability for his dishonest publicity stunt.
Smollett is set to appear in a Cook County courthouse on February 24th.
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