Enough can’t be said to lambaste Nike’s disgusting decision to prominently feature Colin Kaepernick in their 30th anniversary advertisements.
Even if you support Kaepernick’s anthem protests and anti-police rhetoric, you have to admit that it was a questionable decision by Nike to capitalize on such a polarizing figure.
And if you don’t support Kaepernick’s stance (or kneels for, as the case may be), you don’t need to be told why Nike’s decision is a foolish one.
Even ignoring the divisive political and social debate Nike is ungracefully wading into, there is another glaring issue with their advertising decision.
Nike’s tag line in their Kaepernick ad is “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Setting aside the dubious idea that Kaepernick has sacrificed anything — considering he’s making millions through Nike for not playing a sport — there are literally countless other athletes who could’ve embodied the message so much better.
Here are just a few.
It’s funny how much flak the NFL has gotten from the far-left about “blackballing” Kaepernick, when Tebow was also effectively blackballed, due in no small part to his outspoken Christian beliefs.
The only real difference between Tebow and Kaepernick is that while the latter spent his time wearing socks depicting police as pigs and shirts glorifying Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Tebow was helping to build hospitals in impoverished countries and organizing amazing prom experiences for special needs children.
The former Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State defensive player tragically died while serving in the military in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Unlike Kaepernick, Tillman actually did sacrifice “everything.”
The Houston Texans defensive end has always been recognized as one of the most dominant defensive players of his generation.
But his philanthropic work in helping raise funds for Hurricane Harvey victims is, in a word, amazing. The J.J. Watt Foundation revealed they had raised a jaw-dropping $41.6 million to help the victims. That figure also happens to be a world record.
The legendary Red Sox slugger played his entire MLB career in Boston.
His only interruptions? Two tours of duty in both World War II and the Korean War. Again, Kaepernick’s alleged “sacrifice” can’t even begin to compare to Williams’.
There are countless other qualified athletes. Some served their countries. Others served their communities. Others fought back against social injustices during far more turbulent times.
It can’t be stressed enough that Kaepernick’s “sacrifice” could’ve been avoided. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has publicly stated that his team offered Kaepernick a contract.
Apparently, a “sacrifice” can entail passing up a contract and then playing the victim.
Point is, Nike had their pick of the litter.
And they literally may have chosen the least qualified athlete to commemorate their 30th anniversary.
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