Top 1 replica watches at replicawatches.to.

https://www.upscalerolex.to/

US Sports Store Owner Takes A Knee On Nike, Goes Out Of Business

US Sports Store Owner Takes A Knee On Nike, Goes Out Of Business
SHARE
THIS



In an ironic twist of fate, a US sporting goods store that refused to stock Nike apparel in protest to their partnership with controversial star Colin Kaepernick, has been forced to close.

Kaepernick, formerly a starting quarterback for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, sparked major controversy in 2016 when he refused to stand during the American national anthem.

He explained that it was to represent African American rights, particularly as it pertained to criminal justice reform, saying in a post-game interview: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour”.

The bold move was met with support from many, particularly NFL players, but drew the ire of others who felt that it was disrespectful to the men and women who had served on behalf of their country.

Despite his talents, Kaepernick has been unable to secure another position since the 2016 season, seemingly made into a martyr in the conservative NFL landscape.

Last year, Kaepernick appeared in an ad campaign for Nike with the slogan: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”, sending massive shockwaves through the sporting apparel industry.

Some went so far as to burn their Nike products to show their disapproval, and Stephen Kurtis Martin, owner of sporting goods store Prime Time Sports in Colorado, immediately marked down all Nike products at half-price, refusing to stock the brand from thereon.

Martin confessed that he expected difficulties, telling a local television station: “Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being a milk store without milk or a gas station without gas”.

“How do you do it? They have a monopoly on jerseys”.

Five months later, Martin has discovered that the answer, perhaps, is that you can’t.

He took to Facebook to announce the upcoming closure of the store, saying: “Thank You for 21 mostly good years.

“For everybody that has offered help and support through the “Honor The Flag” memorial wall and NIKE boycott, now is your time to help me liquidate”.

Martin’s Facebook account has been active with responses both positive and negative since his initial decision to boycott Nike in September, though the latest development has skewed public opinion towards more of an antagonistic slant.

One commenter summarised the situation: “The irony. Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”.

Please login with linkedin to comment

Colin Kaepernick NFL Nike

Latest News

Baby Shark Becomes First Video To Reach 10b Views On YouTube
  • Media

Baby Shark Becomes First Video To Reach 10b Views On YouTube

We did it, folks. ‘Baby Shark’, that syrupy, childish, yet oh-so-catchy jingle which first appeared on everyone’s feed back in 2016 has become the first video on YouTube to reach 10 billion views. The video—created by Korean children’s educational entertainment company, Pinkfong—achieved the milestone last week, 15 months after dethroning the previously most-watched YouTube sensation, […]

SafetyCulture Releases Its First Brand TVC Featuring Thanasi Kokkinakis and Scott Cam
  • Advertising
  • Campaigns

SafetyCulture Releases Its First Brand TVC Featuring Thanasi Kokkinakis and Scott Cam

SafetyCulture’s first brand TVC, ‘Making grand plans a reality,’ features Adelaide International tennis champion Thanasi Kokkinakis and The Block’s Scott Cam (Pictured above). The TVC will debut during Channel 9’s Australian Open opening rounds and will air throughout the tournament.  The 30-second spot will also run on social and digital media, at the Melbourne Park […]

NHVR Educates Young Drivers In New Road Safety Campaign
  • Campaigns

NHVR Educates Young Drivers In New Road Safety Campaign

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has launched a new major road safety awareness campaign titled, ‘Don’t #uck With A Truck’ targeting learners and P-platers. The campaign demonstrates how L and P licence holders can drive safely around trucks, including rules to follow when trucks are turning, stopping and how to overtake a truck. “The […]

Government Launches Online Survey Seeking Views Of Regional News
  • Media

Government Launches Online Survey Seeking Views Of Regional News

A new online survey is seeking views on how Australians’ living in regional, rural or remote areas access news as part of a federal parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s regional newspapers. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts Chair Dr Anne Webster MP said: “Over the past 10 years news outlets in rural, regional and remote […]

Kia Unveils Kia Halo’ Activation At Australian Open
  • Campaigns

Kia Unveils Kia Halo’ Activation At Australian Open

As Kia celebrates 21 years as a major partner of the Australian Open, the brand is upping the ante for attendees at this year’s event unveiling the ‘Kia Halo’.  The ‘Kia Halo’, is a world-first immersive experience that will showcase the Kia EV6 for the first time in Australia and power elements of the activation.  […]

Clems Sydney Nabs BWM Isobar’s Brent Kerby As New CEO
  • Advertising

Clems Sydney Nabs BWM Isobar’s Brent Kerby As New CEO

Clemenger Group has announced Brent Kerby as the new CEO of Clemenger BBDO Sydney. It follows Pete Bosilkovski’s departure from the role back in October. Kerby joins the agency from BWM Isobar, where he held the position of managing director in Sydney and presided over a period of prolific business growth and enviable local and […]

Anytime Fitness Launches Inclusive New Campaign
  • Campaigns

Anytime Fitness Launches Inclusive New Campaign

Anytime Fitness has launched a campaign to promote the brand as the most welcoming and inclusive gym for all Australians – no matter their body type, fitness level, ability, or background. The “Any body, Any time” campaign challenges the stereotypical representation of gym-goers, showcasing a diverse range of people with different needs, highlighting the various […]

Nine Names Tennis Partners For 2022 Australian Open
  • Advertising
  • Media

Nine Names Tennis Partners For 2022 Australian Open

Nine has unveiled the major partners and sponsors for the 2022 Australian Open broadcast, with Kia, Samsung, Uber Eats, ANZ, Visit Victoria, APT, AAMI, Chemist Warehouse, Peters and Stan all joining in Nine’s Summer of Tennis. This year has also seen Bondi Sands, Ralph Lauren, Chubb Insurance and Safety Culture take up Nine’s AO Extender […]

Yellowpanda In “Dream” Collab With Hard FIZZ And Aviassist
  • Campaigns

Yellowpanda In “Dream” Collab With Hard FIZZ And Aviassist

Queensland PR and personal branding agency, Yellowpanda, has added two headline clients to its stable with celebrity-backed seltzer brand, Hard FIZZ, and drone experts, Aviassist, joining the ‘Panda Den’. The new clients enjoying early success with Yellowpanda with Hard FIZZ and Aviassist both seeing extensive mainstream media mentions in their first month of representation. Hard […]