The chief executive officer of Nike doubled-down on his company’s controversial political messaging this week; backing Oregon’s ‘sanctuary state’ policy just days after releasing an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick.
Nike CEO Mark Parker publicly rebuked a growing initiative that seeks to strip Oregon of its self-described ‘Sanctuary State’ status, saying “people from all over the world” help “contribute” to the company’s innovation.
“The chief executives of Nike and Columbia Sportswear, two of the biggest companies in the state, have each written personally to express their opposition to an initiative that would repeal Oregon’s sanctuary state law,” writes the Oregonian.
“Nike employs people from all over the world; we can attest to the unique value, contributions, and innovations that people from diverse backgrounds add to Nike and to Oregon’s culture and economy,” wrote Parker. “Ending Oregon’s sanctuary law will damage Oregon’s long-standing track record as a place that attracts diverse talent from across the globe.”
Nike is one of Oregon’s largest employers.
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HANNITY TO NIKE: This is What REAL SACRIFICE Looks Like
Speaking during his opening monologue on ‘Hannity’ Tuesday night, Sean took a minute to remind Nike executives what “real sacrifice” looks like after the iconic brand named Colin Kaepernick as the face of its new ad campaign.
“Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick […] famously refused to stand for the national anthem during the games. Nike is now using Kaepernick to headline its new ad campaign: ‘Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything,’” said Hannity.
“I’d like to take a moment to remind Nike executives that ‘sacrificing everything’ is not a multi-millionaire, social justice warrior whose greatest feat of bravery is kneeling on a football field,” he added. “Those who sacrifice everything can be found on the ground in Afghanistan as we speak.”
Watch Sean’s opening monologue above.
IT BEGINS: College Removes NIKE LOGO from All Athletic Gear Over Kaepernick Ad
The outrage over iconic footwear brand Nike’s recent advertisement campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick reached new heights Friday, when a local college became the first in the nation to remove the “swoosh” logo from all athletic apparel.
According to CBS, The College of the Ozarks -a private school in Point Lookout, Missouri- decided to strip its athletic department of all Nike-made apparel featuring the logo; adding “Nike is ashamed of America.”
“If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them,” said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis. “We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform.”
The President weighed-in on Nike’s growing controversy on social media this week, saying the shoemaker was “getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts.”
Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
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