From ABC7: “A source with knowledge of Nike’s contract with Kaepernick told the Associated Press that the company will feature Kaepernick on several platforms, including billboards, television commercials and online ads. Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity.
“Kaepernick is suing the NFL for allegedly colluding to keep him out of the league. An arbitrator sent Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out his claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice.
“Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.”
I don’t see how you can blame the College of the Ozarks for dropping Nike. They see it for what it is and no brand is more important than the love of country or the respect for those who serve this nation selflessly every day. They sacrifice everything… Kaepernick sacrifices nothing. The campaign is incredibly hypocritical.
This isn’t the first time the College of the Ozarks has taken a stand for its views on patriotism, the American flag, and the National Anthem. In October of 2017, the college revised its contracts for competition in all sports, adding a stipulation that all participating players and coaches show respect for the American flag and the National Anthem. This college gets it.
Dr. Marci Linson, vice president of patriotic activities and dean of admissions at the college, oversees patriotic activities and safeguards the college’s patriotic goal: to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country and willingness to defend it.
“Nike is free to campaign as it sees fit, as the college is free, and honor-bound by its mission and goals, to ensure that it respects our country and those who truly served and sacrificed,” Linson said. Major respect… there’s at least one college out there that is worth a damn.