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.
Left-Wing “Sleeping Giants” Deplatforming Activist Apologizes for “Diminishing” Minority Co-Founder
Matt Rivitz “gaslighted” the co-founder out of Sleeping Giants.
Matt Rivitz, the nominal founder of far-left deplatforming organization Sleeping Giants, issued a detailed public apology to a woman who has recently identified herself as a co-founder of the group. Nandini Jammi went public with her claims of being sidelined as a key figure within Sleeping Giants last week, claiming that Rivitz, a San Francisco ad executive, had “gaslighted” her out of public acknowledgment for her role in the organization.
Rivitz’s public apology, released Monday, appeared to largely vindicate her claims, acknowledging that Jammi was a co-founder of the group who had never received the due credit she claimed to have deserved.
A letter of apology. pic.twitter.com/gfMvAQuO4O
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) July 10, 2020
Sleeping Giants is a leftist deplatforming organization that seeks to defund conservative websites by haranguing advertisers over their ad placements on platforms such as Breitbart. Rivitz’s acknowledgment of sidelining the group’s female co-founder- coming only after Jammi published a Medium article that accused Rivitz of erasing her contributions to the group.
“I want to show you how a woman of color almost disappeared from the movement she built, and what you can achieve when you refuse to follow the rules your white male “leader” sets for you,” said Jammi of Rivitz’ selfish desire for self promotion. Jammi also published a series of arrogant remarks she attributes to Rivitz, in which the leftist anti-free speech activist curtly told his younger co-founder to know her place.
Curiously, Sleeping Giants is registered as an LLC in California, making it likely that the deplatforming group is a for-profit entity. Rivitz, who went to great lengths to hide his identity as the figure behind the group, was only exposed as Sleeping Giants’ operator after a Breitbart News investigation. It’s still totally unclear who is funding the organization.
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