Georgia university drops Nike over Kaepernick ad

Silvia Morton
September 13, 2018

"Speak for Yourself" host Jason Whitlock on the controversy over Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad.

The following day, the former Interim Welterweight Champion took to Twitter and blasted Colin Kaepernick as well as the apparel and footwear giant.

The polarized reaction to Nike's Colin Kaepernick advertisement continues as another college has severed ties with the brand, even as Nike sees increased sales numbers, according to CBS News. Tillman died while serving in Afghanistan.

Caner said any profits from the remaining Nike gear on campus will be sent to Wounded Warriors and the Fraternal Order of Police.

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Emir Caner, president of Truett McConnell University, announced September 7 that the Georgia Baptist Convention-owned school will no longer purchase or carry apparel by an athletic company that uses someone who "mocks our troops" to market their products. "My wife, who was raised under the oppression of socialistic communism, became a citizen five years ago, joyfully pledging allegiance to these United States and her flag". He added, "America has sacrificially given my family the freedoms we enjoy today".

Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, has said although his school has a contract with Nike, the school may not renew it when it expires. "And when my father, 81, can look at me and tell me that he's not offended by it because he understands, then how could I - who didn't do that service - be offended?"

College of the Ozarks in Missouri also dropped Nike last week, saying it was choosing "country over company."

"Horrible move by them to compare the millions he is still being paid by the National Football League and the millions Nike [possibly gave] him to whine about his misfortune and how he "sacrificed" everything to make a stand against police brutality, when true heroes gave their lives to protect his right to whine", said Sorbo. That kind of demonstration of unhappiness with the partnership with Kaepernick, famous for originating the NFL's player protests during the national anthem, made its way recently to a church in Alabama, where the pastor took out a pair of scissors and did the honors himself from the pulpit. They are the true heroes.

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