Despite having not suited up for an NFL football game since January 1, 2017, and being essentially named an NFL pariah, former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and anthem protester Colin Kaepernick is using his notoriety for activism. On Monday Kaepernick’s website announced a pre-order for a new football jersey his supporters will be able to purchase. The black jersey features the hashtag “#ImWithKap” on the front. The jersey is not in anyway affiliated with the NFL or any team, however, it does feature the same number 7 he wore during the short time he played with and for 49ers.
24/Sports.com reports – “The jerseys are priced at $174.99 and 20 percent of the profits from each jersey sold will go directly to Kaepernick’s ‘Know Your Rights’ campaign, which Kaepernick launched in 2016 to help educate children on ‘awareness on higher education, self-empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.'”
Official #IMWITHKAP Jerseys available for PRE-SALE now! Limited Edition. 20% of all proceeds go to @yourrightscamp. Thank you for your continued support! Shop at https://t.co/xr8M9wiOiq. Link in bio. pic.twitter.com/wPwSvuY7yv
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 10, 2018
Originally making headlines two years ago, Kaepernick chose to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality against minorities. He continued to kneel throughout the season and thus began a tradition of kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games as a form of silent protest, one that was adopted by players across the league over the following two seasons. His choice to protest by kneeling has been a source of significant controversy leading to boycotts of the NFL and has been a topic of conversation ever since. Some have praised the protest as a sign of “courage.”
Others consider it a sign of complete and utter disrespect towards American military veterans both past and present, as well as police officers and first responders. Detractors claim the protest is not about veterans and police and never has been. Yet for many Americans who serve or have served and their families, it is hard to see it as anything else. When you bury your brothers and sisters at arms and are forced to deliver the American flag instead of a loved one who died in defense of the country that flag represents or forced to accept the same, the American flag and the national anthem symbolize a good deal more.
More recently and due to this controversy, Nike, which signed Kaepernick in 2011 as a spokesman, held off in using him for ad campaigns. However, Nike kept him on their roster even after Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017. Then on September 4, 2018, Nike announced that Kaepernick would be the face of its annual “Just Do It” advertisement campaign. The company also stated they planned to donate an undisclosed amount of money to Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights” organization. Nike makes the jerseys for all 32 NFL teams, however, it did not make the new “#ImWithKap” jerseys.
24/7 Sports reports – “Despite the backlash, public debate and attempts by the league to set new rules regarding player protest, Miami Dolphins wideouts Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson continued to show their support of Kaepernick and his cause by kneeling before the Dolphins-Titans Week 1 game on Sunday afternoon. Kaepernick thanked the two on social media later in the day.
“My Brothers (Kenny Stills) and (Albert Wilson) continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed!” he tweeted. “They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. Their courage will move the world forward!”
Stills had been taking part in the player protest for well over a year and addressed his plan to continue to kneel in a recent post-practice interview.
“There are people in this country who are saying there are issues we want to bring to light, can you help us make change. Instead of people saying, yeah, let’s do this, let’s make change, let’s make our country a better place, it’s like, no, don’t do this then, this isn’t the right place, you don’t like the police.”
However, others note Kaepernick’s one condition for selling his “special” activist jersey seems to be that while he can capitalize on the disrespect of many, his actual jersey from when he actually played football is virtually worthless to those Americans even still willing to watch the NFL.
Newsweek reports of the current backlash –
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the umbrella agency for the state’s highway patrol troopers and other law enforcement, will no longer purchase Nike products after the Colin Kaepernick ad campaign, according to Gov. Phil Bryant and Commissioner Marshall Fisher.
“As commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, I will not support vendors who do not support law enforcement and the military,” Fisher told Mississippi Today on Friday.
Bryant told the news outlet that he supports Fisher’s decision. “He has a right to determine what vendors DPS does business with, and it’s not going to be with a company that pays an individual who has slandered our fine men and women in law enforcement.”
This is not the first time Nike has been dropped because of this ad campaign. College of the Ozarks in Missouri decided to drop Nike apparel from its athletics department. Ben Zahn, mayor of Kenner, Louisiana also placed a ban on Nike products in the city two days after the campaign was unveiled, saying that the use of the city’s resources would no longer be used to purchase Nike products.
“Under no circumstances will any Nike product or any product with the Nike logo be purchased for use or delivery at any City of Kenner Recreation Facility,” read a memorandum that was leaked on Twitter by activist Donna Brazile. The ban has since been lifted.”
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Alyssa Milano Angers Unhinged Libs For Turning Her Back On Their HERO Avenatti
Alyssa Milano is one of those Hollywood stars on the way out desperate for attention. She has embraced just about every radical leftist cause out there. But give credit where it is due. Milano was doing the right thing when she vowed never again to speak at the Women’s March because of their anti-Semitic ties. Now, she has made a second good call.
Michael Avenatti, bombastic attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, was arrested last night for felony domestic violence. He allegedly punched a woman in the face that is not his wife and the left is in meltdown mode over it.
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) November 15, 2018
Chicks on the Right has more on Milano’s change of view:
I mentioned a few days ago, when Alyssa Milano vowed never again to speak at the Women’s March because of their anti-Semitic ties, that it may have been the first and only time I would ever give Alyssa Milano any credit for anything.
Michael Avenatti was arrested on felony Domestic Violence charges last night, and Alyssa realized this wasn’t about “sides.” This was about a man allegedly punching a woman in the face.
Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, has been arrested for felony domestic violence … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report. We’re told her face was “swollen and bruised” with “red marks” on both cheeks.
It was later confirmed that the victim was NOT his estranged wife – as originally reported.
HOWEVER – It is important to note that this doesn’t mean the incident didn’t HAPPEN. It means it didn’t happen TO HIS WIFE.
Update: We can confirm that Michael Avenatti (DOB: 02-16-71) was booked this afternoon on a felony domestic violence charge (273.5 PC). His bail is set at $50,000.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 15, 2018
This was enough for Alyssa:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 14, 2018
Good on her. This IS NOT about sides.
Avenatti has always been scum. I wouldn’t want anything to do with him in the first place. And she’s EXACTLY right. I would be wary any Republican who found himself in the same situation.
But people are REEEALLY ticked off at Alyssa, because you know… Avenatti was supposed to be our PRESIDENT.
Seriously?? Wow! I’m really surprised by your rush to judgment. Guess he’s not valuable to you anymore? I prefer to wait for facts before publicly disavowing and shaming someone. Might want to delete this tweet and hold tight a bit.
— LAintheOC (@LAintheOC) November 15, 2018
I'm not a fan of Michael Avenatti. And I believe victims should be given the utmost deference.
But I would be a slow to judge on this one. I don't know if Avenatti did it or didn't. But I do know that alt-right trolls have been trying to set-up political figures on the left.
— SwerveForThe Girl (@SfortheG) November 15, 2018
“Believe all women” …or call them alt-right trolls. Whatever.
And listen – I get it – we shouldn’t be quick to assume someone’s guilty of everything they’re ever accused of. But here’s a question: how many of these people stood up for Kavanaugh?
Before anyone judges Mr. Avenatti he deserves the same due process that everyone in America is entitled to. He has been an advocate of protecting immigrant children for FREE. He is the reason Michael Cohen is speaking to Mueller. Trump, Fox, and GOP hate him and this stinks!!
— Elizabeth Holmes (@HolmesTeganimi) November 15, 2018
DUE PROCESS? That’s a new one.
I read it's on SUSPICION of, NOT proven (yet) abuse. Has it changed? I don't want to condemn the guy into I have more facts. I don't like being judge, jury and executioner.
— Avery R. Russell ⚧ ⚨ (@YouEnbyMe) November 14, 2018
Again… what about Kavavanugh? Where were y’all then?
Where are the facts? You know the truth. We don't want another good man discarded as Franken was. Let's wait & see.
— linda may (@lindamayb) November 14, 2018
“A good man.” LOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Also how exactly has he been protecting children other than doing self-serving interviews?
Sorry, Avenatti set the new rules. His career should be over just based on the allegation. Truth is immaterial. He wanted to sink a judge with specious unsubstantiated claims. Not only is he in the same boat he has actually been ARRESTED.
— SofaSpud65 (@sofaspu37) November 15, 2018
Believe all women. Y’all set the bar. Now you gotta stick to it.
Behar Claims Half Of Trump’s Employees Are Being Indicted – Realizes BIG Mistake Too Late!
The View is one of those shows well worth not watching. Joy Behar just proclaimed that there is no honor in working for the Trump White House. She claims half of the employees are being indicted. That is just blatantly untrue. I’m sure the phone was ringing off the hook after Behar made that statement.
Behar viciously said this in regards to the rumor that First Lady Melania Trump is ‘cleaning house’ because of certain issues there. There is no link between working at this White House and being indicted. The example she used of Sean Spicer is flawed since he was never indicted. Facts don’t matter to Joy Behar… she’s in it for the barbed quips and laughs. The Daily Caller has more on the sheer vitriol and jealousy that Behar spouts every time she speaks of Melania:
Joy Behar claimed on Wednesday’s “The View” that there was no honor in working in the Trump White House.
“Half of them are being indicted for God’s sakes!” she exclaimed. “If they’re not quitting or getting fired, they’re going to jail. Some honor.”
The segment began with a conversation about the public statement made by the first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham condemning deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel. “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” the statement read.
Calling the move “unusual,” Whoopi Goldberg asked whether Melania Trump was overstepping her bounds.
“I like when she says she ‘no longer deserves the honor,’” Behar cut in. “Tell that to Michael Cohen, Sean Spicer. See how honored they were to work in this White House. Half of them are being indicted for God’s sakes. If they’re not quitting or getting fired, they’re going to jail. Some honor.”
Behar appeared to be implying that there was a direct link between working in the Trump White House and being indicted — but the examples she chose didn’t exactly bear that out.
Sean Spicer, who previously worked as the White House press secretary, has not been indicted for anything. And Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, was indicted and reached a plea deal but never held a White House position.
In fact, none of the others indicted in connection with the Mueller probe ever held official White House positions. The closest it gets is Michael Flynn, former national security advisor, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI after resigning from his position.
Abby Huntsman and Meghan McCain weighed in on the situation, as well. Huntsman argued that perhaps a public statement, however unconventional for a first lady, might have been the only way she thought she would be heard. McCain suggested that perhaps Ricardel had said things Melania did not want to hear.
“You’ve got to surround yourself with people who aren’t going to be yes men,” she explained.
Behar wrapped up the conversation by saying that Melania should fire whoever let her head for the border wearing a jacket that read “I really don’t care do U?” — and when her cohosts informed her that the first lady was the one who made the decision, she added, “she ought to fire herself.”
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