The national anthem controversy has been talked about so extensively it’s almost painful to even rehash. It has nothing to do with the Constitution. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech. Heck, it doesn’t even really have anything to do with police brutality.
It has everything to do with employers being allowed to decide what employees do on the job. Colin Kaepernick decided that he would hijack the minute long period of time allotted to respecting the flag and the troops in order to make himself the center of attention. He decided to make a political statement during the national anthem. That’s not bold. That’s not brave. It’s selfish. It made fans mad and it cost the NFL money. So, some NFL teams decided that players shouldn’t be allowed to do that anymore which is their right. The end.
Then. This happened.
So. Um. What the hell is Nike even talking about here?
Believe in what? Police brutality? Yeah, everyone believes in that. It’s real.
Sacrifice everything? Like what? A backup job in the NFL when you’re already a millionaire for life?
The only thing Colin Kaepernick “believes” in is making the national anthem about his own personal politics and then losing his job to Blaine Gabbert. Twice.
Colin Kaepernick could have accomplished a ton of different things with his time and money. He could have started his own TV show. He could have hosted a telethon that was on the air 24/7 for a year raising money to combat police brutality. He could have protested during his end zone celebration. On the sideline. During post-game interviews. Instead, he chose to make the national anthem about himself and spit in the face of everyone who respects our troops and our flag. This was never about having a serious conversation. If it was, he would have responded to the outcry and tried to build bridges and tried to find a reasonable middle ground. He didn’t. He went full blown SJW activist and blamed the NFL for his problems find a job. That’s the opposite of courage. That’s cowardice and selfishness.
I could care less about Colin Kaepernick and he can do whatever he wants. If he wants to look silly and disrespect the troops to prove to people he cares about Mike Brown the most or something he can do that. But, it’s astounding that Nike would do something like this. You have to be smart to work your way up to be an exec at Nike. Or at least, that’s what I thought. How could someone in that pitch meeting look at this picture and think it’s a good idea? They are treating Kaepernick like some hero. In fact, one of the Nike execs basically called him a hero.
Nike is basically going along with the false narrative that the NFL is blackballing Kaepernick because of his anthem stance. Anyone who thinks that didn’t watch him during his last year in San Francisco. The guy is average at best and there are plenty of guys out there who would make better backups without the circus. That’s not the same as blackballing. The circus that follows him is very real and it was his doing. That’s something to be aware of but it’s not the same as the league conspiring against him. You can’t start a controversy like that and then act surprised that people aren’t happy with you.
I’ve written way more than I wanted to but this is a dumb campaign aimed at dumb people. Only someone not familiar with the situation at all could be inspired by this.
You want to talk about sacrifice?
Put Pat Tillman on there.
Here are two tweets that sum up in about two sentences what I needed several paragraphs to poorly explain.