I was in the market for a new pair of running shoes this week when I came across a Nike ad that sparked a firestorm of debate. It featured former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who announced his decision to kneel during the national anthem before NFL games in protest of racial injustice.
I’m a Nike wearer. I’ve been a Nike wearer for years. I’ve always been a Nike wearer. I’m a diehard.
But I’m also a grown adult who is pretty sure that Nike does a lot of good for athletes and the communities they belong to.
I’m also a man who has a lot of respect for the brand and its founder, Phil Knight, who started Nike with his brother Phil and who has been a trailblazing role model for many people, including athletes.
I’m also a man who feels strongly about supporting the NFL, which is currently embroiled in a controversy over the league’s continued use of players’ protests as a distraction.
And I’m a man who believes that people should have the right to decide for themselves how to express themselves, whether that’s by protesting or by not protesting.
I don’t think that’s a message that Nike can and should be sending.
I’m not alone.
Nike, Inc. Has come under fire for using Colin Kaepernick in its advertising.
I’m a Nike-hater.
I bought a pair of Nike’s sneakers as a young man and have been a Nike-hater ever since. I didn’t care much about the brand when I was in the Army, as I was in the Army for about a year. But after I retired from the service, I started to be much more interested in the brand.
I still hate Nike, though.
While I don’t agree with Nike’s decision to feature Kaepernick when he was still a player and has since become a free agent, I don’t hate Nike. I’m not sure why I have the same opinion as those who have been vocal about the company’s decision to use Kaepernick in ads.
It was easy for me to buy into the idea of someone who has “made a difference” by sacrificing his career in order to protest the injustices and social inequalities that he believes are taking place.
But the fact is that Kaepernick has been the victim of some serious injustices himself.
According to The New York Times, Kaepernick had his license revoked by the California Department of Motor Vehicles after he failed a drug test.
And that’s just one of many injustices he’s been up against.
I’m not sure why I feel the need to hate the company that helped to start my Nike-hating passion.
But I’m not sure why I feel the need to hate Nike.
When I heard that Nike was going to use Kaepernick in an ad, I was excited. I was impressed. I hoped that Nike would be using him as a way to make a statement about the injustices he’s faced, as well as to raise money for people who have been impacted by the issues that Kaepernick is talking about.
And Nike did both.
It’s a good thing that Nike is using Kaepernick in its advertising because it’s become clear that the company’s advertising hasn’t been doing its job this year.
It’s become clear that Nike’s advertising has been doing its job much less well than it has in previous years.
Nike’s advertising has been terrible in recent months, and it’s clear that its advertising is in need of an upgrade.
If Nike really wants to do something about the social injustices Kaepernick has been fighting, it should start by acknowledging that it has been doing a terrible job of doing so.
And it should stop using Kaepernick, who is still a free agent, in its advertising.
The NFL has been plagued by controversy over the past year, but I’m not sure that Kaepernick’s protest is what’s driving the debate.
The NFL has a long history of controversy.
It’s been a running joke for years now that the NFL is the only professional sports league in the United States that is exempt from paying its players.
It’s also been a running joke that players have been making millions of dollars while being paid less than minimum wage.
And it’s been a running joke that players have been getting away with murder when it comes to domestic violence and sexual assault.
The NFL has been a mess for a long time, but it’s gotten a whole lot more complicated in recent months.
Nike’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick in its advertising has been a mess for a long time, too.
But this year, it’s been a mess worse than at any other time in recent memory.
Things to keep in mind
- Nike’s decision to use Colin Kaepernick in its advertising has been a mess for a long time, too.
- People who hate Nike should not buy the brand’s products.
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