Not everyone in the sports world thinks that Nike using former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s face as the new social justice warrior visage for their “Just Do It” campaign is a smart move. Some are not just ripping into Nike over the obvious either. At least one sports figure thinks the move was absolutely absurd.
NHL player David Booth spoke up and slammed Nike’s new Colin Kaepernick ad, citing the fact that Islamist terrorists on 9/11 certainly “believed” in their cause. Ouch. Talk about getting to the point and leaving a mark… that’ll do it.
Booth is currently an unsigned free agent. He did not like the slogan that was slapped on Kaepernick’s mug in the Nike campaign ad that reads, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” In fact, he took extreme umbrage over it. Can’t say I blame him in the least.
The hockey player nailed Nike over the idea that somehow “believing” in “something” must be a good thing if you “sacrifice everything” for it. Like the terrorists on 9/11 did for example. Those jihadists obviously believed in sacrificing their lives for their murderous cause. You could say they “sacrificed everything” in pursuit of murdering almost 3,000 Americans.
“Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything” does this mean you can fly a plane into a building? How can so many people @Nike be this ignorant as to the logical fallacy this entails. This is absolute absurd. I really don’t understand. Why would u support this?
— David Booth (@D_Booth7) September 6, 2018
Booth used his Twitter account to lambast Nike over their moral deficit saying, “‘Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything’ does this mean you can fly a plane into a building? How can so many people @Nike be this ignorant as to the logical fallacy this entails. This is absolute absurd. I really don’t understand. Why would u support this?” Right there with ya and you have to wonder exactly what Nike is doing here.
Of course, Booth was roasted on Twitter for his stance, but somehow, I don’t think he really cares. He did a follow-up post and said that the slogan fails because it is “open to interpretation. Anyone can view it any way they want. I thought it was a poor choice that’s all I’m saying.” And I think he’s absolutely right.
The Canadian is evidently a Trump fan as well… from CTV News Vancouver:
“The post sparked a flurry of responses, most of them criticizing the hockey player’s reasoning.
“Didn’t think you could be worse off the ice that on… Guess I was wrong,” wrote one user.
“Another accused Booth of “giving hockey players a bad name.”
“Booth engaged with dozens of users over the next several hours before tweeting, “Good night everyone. That’s for the kind tweets. Let’s keep America great,” along with the hashtag #MAGA, or “Make America great again”—a slogan commonly associated with U.S. President Donald Trump.
“Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, quickly became one of the most controversial figures in sport in 2016 when he began kneeling during the U.S. national anthem ahead of games in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.
“The display quickly became the topic of heated debates about patriotism and racism in the United States.
“On Monday, he became the new face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign, posting an image of himself to Twitter with the caption: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
“The partnership has proven equally divisive, with some social media users deciding to boycott or even destroy Nike products, while others commended the brand for taking a stand alongside Kaepernick.”
If you look at Nike’s slogan honestly and take it literally, it does excuse any and every ideology as long as you believe in what you are doing and are willing to sacrifice everything to get it. Terrorism is certainly in that category. That paints Nike’s slogan in a very unflattering light.
Booth is also a devout Christian. And as I understand it, his problem is not so much with Kaepernick as Nike’s ad campaign. But you get his drift here. You’ll be shocked to know the media is calling him next-level crazy for the comparison and are saying he just ended his career.
So what does the media do to fight back against this 11-year hockey veteran? Why they smear him of course:
“Pro hockey player David Booth spent last season with the Detroit Red Wings after a couple of seasons in the KHL, but the 11-year vet is currently a free agent. Despite a long NHL career that spanned four franchises, Booth is probably more well-known to the general public for a YouTube video he posted in 2012 that showed him baiting and killing an American black bear. While the practice was legal in Alberta where it occurred, it was and still is banned in British Columbia and 18 U.S. states. The controversy caused Booth to remove the video a few days later. Since then, you might remember him as the husband of former beauty queen Ashley (Durham) Booth, who was featured on the second season of the Canadian reality series Hockey Wives. The couple was also named in a suit involving an exploding BBQ at a rental property of theirs in 2017.
“All of which is to say that when Booth does pop up on your radar, it often isn’t for great reasons. That is very much the case this time as Booth decided to weigh in on Nike’s new ad campaign involving fellow free agent pro athlete Colin Kaepernick.”
Personally, I think Booth has a very valid point here and I don’t think he’s crazy at all. I don’t think that Nike thought this all the way through before going off and doing the popular social justice thing. Perhaps they should reflect on that on 9/11 this year. I know I will.
Gillette Just Rolled Unbelievable Ad That Puts Nike To Total Shame – Spread This EVERYWHERE
Nike thought the knew exactly what they were doing with putting the controversial face of divisiveness and hate at the center of their new ad campaign. Colin Kaepernick and the sports brand sure got a lot of attention for this bold, which wasn’t well received by patriotic people in this country.
While boycotts and bans of the brand still continue on into this week, another big product name has blown them out of the water and put them to total shame. Shaving blade maker, Gillette, has just debuted their new ad which features a certain, still employed, football player with an incredible message.
This is positive public relations work and a commercial that conservatives can and will get behind. Americans want companies who show respect for our nation, appreciation for people, and doesn’t get political with an aim do divide. Gillette just did that in an incredible way that everyone must see.
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While Nike was drawing massive attention for its Kaepernick ad, another major company released an ad talking about the adversity another NFL player really has overcome, and sends a much more positive message than disrespecting law enforcement.
Gillette, which makes shaving blades, released an ad touting the amazing story of one-handed Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin. The ad shows a one-handed Griffin — who got a mention in the Kaepernick ad that lasted barely three seconds — growing up and trying to keep pace with his older brother Shaquill (who also plays for the Seahawks.)
“Your best never comes easy,” the ad reads. The ad shows Shaquem never making an excuses or whining about the disadvantage of playing without a hand. Gillette also released a follow-up video showcasing the family affair that Shaquem’s career turned out to be.
Now, Griffin may not have had to sacrifice anything per se, but the ad is a heck of a lot more uplifting and powerful than Nike’s with Kaepernick.
Good for Gillette. This ad deserved to get much more coverage than it did.
It isn’t focusing on nonsensical culture wars. It isn’t giving tacit approval to disparaging police officers or the country. It focuses on family, incredible work ethic and never making excuses.
And we all could use more of that.
Nike made all sorts of headlines in recent weeks when it chose to use the controversial Colin Kaepernick as the face of its 30th anniversary ads.
Kaepernick critics were not thrilled for a multitude of reasons. After all, Kaepernick was the man who sparked the NFL’s current tumult of national anthem protests, an act that many Americans find disrespectful to the men and women who protect and serve this country.
There’s also the little fact that Kaepernick has previously worn socks that depicted police officers as pigs. He also wore a shirt glorifying former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Not exactly an uplifting message.
Then Nike gives America an ad that looks like this:
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” the ad reads.
A television ad also debuted during the NFL’s opening weekend.
“So don’t ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if your dreams are crazy enough,” Kaepernick says in the television ad.
Unsurprisingly, the ad campaign was hotly divisive. Kaepernick fans were obviously thrilled that he was being thrust back into the national limelight.
But perhaps most importantly of all, Kaepernick supporters, and even some neutral observers, have been forced to answer the question of what exactly Kaepernick has sacrificed.
His NFL career? People seem quick to forget that Kaepernick willingly opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract after the 2016 NFL season — when he’d lost his starting QB job anyway. He was also offered at least one contract, by the Denver Broncos, which he also declined, according to USA Today. It’s not exactly a sacrifice if Kaepernick is willingly staying away from the NFL.
His money? Nope. Nike’s new deal with Kaepernick is reportedly worth millions. That’s not bad for an athlete who hasn’t actually played meaningful competitive football is over a year.
Fame? Again, say what you will about Kaepernick, but he’s undoubtedly a much more visible and public figure since beginning his social activism campaign. He’s also not exactly fading into the sunset.
So again, what exactly is Kaepernick sacrificing other than some time to shoot those Nike ads? The clear answer seems to be “not much.”
MASSIVE Sign Went Up Outside Major NFL Stadium That Has All Disrespectful Players Panicking
The new season for the National Football League has just begun and one major stadium is already preparing. Although the league has announced that this coming season will be much different than the disastrous last one after imposing a new rule about kneeling, fans feel that it’s too late and are taking matters into their own hands to send a bold message.
If the unprecedented NFL boycott last season didn’t send disrespectful players a big enough message, then this warning sign that just went up probably will. Fans in Green Bay, Wisconsin are passionate about their Packers and the sport but many gave up their support after kneeling took over the game and went unpunished by top NFL executives. They’re hoping for something different this season, but aren’t taking any chances.
An impressive banner was created to get the blunt message out early and has just gone up right across the street from Lambeau Field in Green Bay along a home’s private fence that faces the stadium.
The warning is clear and simple and well-played with the play on how “pack” was used for Packers. The proud American(s) who put this up love their country more than their team and will pick respecting the flag over players any day. The message is also a reference to President Trump’s suggestion about kicking players out of America for disrespecting the country on the field.
Packers fans have a team they can be proud of which starts with their incredible coach who ensured his players aren’t like others in the league. They hope it stays that way, which is why the warning sign went up, considering that there will be some new players on the team this coming season. However, Coach Mike McCarthy isn’t going to let it slide any more than Packers fans.
Green Bay Packers and Coach Mike McCarthy has a much different approach to these disgusting protests than others in the league.
McCarthy doesn’t seem to agree with the Commissioner’s original apologetic approach and has something else planned for these anti-American stars who think they are going to get away with protesting on his field. They are paid millions to play a game – not make negative political statements.
Mike McCarthy doesn’t know if anyone on his sideline will join the ranks of NFL players using the national anthem as an opportunity to protest.
But if they do, the Green Bay Packers coach can say this for certain: They will do so with a knowledge of the history of the anthem and an understanding of how important he believes it is.
Last season, the coach was asked what he expects from his team when the anthem is played before each game. Rather than giving a politically correct answer of everyone having a right to free speech and to express how they somehow feel oppressed while making millions playing a game, he explained that he expects patriotism and good sportsmanship.
More importantly, McCarthy has taken it upon himself to educate his players on why we stand for the anthem since ignorance is why most of the idiotic athletes are sitting or kneeling on the sidelines. He’s putting knowledge of the real history of this nation on the field to stop players from making fools of themselves with protests.
When entitled, disrespectful players from other teams show up to his field, they are going to see what real men who respect this nation look like. In turn, those sitting out will look stupid in the shadows of the heroes standing for the anthem.
McCarthy said he addresses the anthem and his expectation of proper decorum during it with the players via a preseason presentation.
“It’s something that I’ve done each and every year here since I’ve been the head coach,” McCarthy said. “We have a PowerPoint presentation that you update (each year), and you always try to deliver the message clearly to the team.
“Our approach has always been to give the history and the understanding of what the national anthem means, and why it’s played before any National Football League game, particularly how (the tradition) started after World War II. I go through the whole history and the importance of what it means to you personally.”
This is the exact stance that every coach of every team should take since the NFL Commissioner refused to prioritize patriotism over the sport.
The Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, recently came out with the same stance as McCarthy, saying that the National Anthem is “sacred” and he expects his team to stand.
The Packers coach recognizes that the problem most of the players have is that they don’t understand what they think they are protesting by sitting out the anthem. That not only makes the player look stupid but is an embarrassment to the entire team and the NFL.
It’s nice to see two teams with their priorities straight and it’s a shame that so many other coaches and players in the NFL have tainted the reputation of the sport, leading to many spectators boycotting the season. Other teams should take note and run their operation like McCarthy and Garrett – with respect and honor for our flag and freedom and the real heroes who gave their life defending both.
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