Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Alabama preacher cuts up Nike gear during sermon, decries Colin Kaepernick campaign

Alabama preacher cuts up Nike gear during sermon, decries Colin Kaepernick campaign

Nike sales jumped by 31 percent after debuting quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick as a new company spokesman - and market observers say the president's public displays of anger may have backfired by drawing more attention to Nike.

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

Asked for further comment by CNS News, Sorbo replied by saying the athletic gear company "blew it" with its partnership in celebration of Kaepernick, the original national anthem kneeler. Tillman died while serving in Afghanistan.

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Truett McConnell University (TMU) in Cleveland announced Friday that it will stop carrying Nike products in its campus store, and donate the proceeds from any remaining products to Wounded Warriors, a veterans charity, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

"For Nike to then hire Colin Kaepernick, a person known for wearing pigs on his socks, mocking law enforcement, kneeling against our flag, and mocking our troops, is reprehensible to my family and to the Truett McConnell family".

Taya Kyle, widow of the late Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, joined in on protests of the company and asked why Nike was not using true heroes such as the late Pat Tillman, who left his National Football League contract to join the military following 9/11, as examples of "sacrifice".

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"These kinds of statements and brand partnerships make for a big impact on brand selling". "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?" "In the meanwhile, let us honor true heroes, those who protect us daily, some even sacrificing their own lives". Many lauded the ad, while many others, including President Trump have been critical of the brand's decision. They are the true heroes.

"The first pair of jogging shoes I wore were Nike jogging shoes".

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