On Monday, Nike announced that Kaepernick will be the face of their new “Just Do It” campaign. “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” reads one piece of new Nike advertising.
Formerly a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. during the 2016-2017 NFL season. He became a free agent in March 2017 & has not been picked up by a team since then. He is currently suing the NFL, claiming that the league’s teams are keeping him from playing because of his protests.
John Rich supports every American’s right to protest, however….
“I support every American’s right to protest whatever they want. However, if you endorse someone who wears #PIGSOCKS that’s where you lose me. If @nike wants their “swoosh” to be associated with calling our police “Pigs” then so be it. I have a right to not purchase.”
“Our police saved lives at the Las Vegas shooting where we played, and the heroism they displayed is second to none. We appreciate the job they are willing to do all day, everyday to protect all of us. They are the farthest thing from pigs.”
To see Rich’s complete set of anti-Nike tweets, click here.