Donald Trump calls Nike’s decision to embrace Colin Kaepernick “a terrible message”

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On the surface, the responses to the somewhat surprising decision of Nike to make Colin Kaepernick a face of the 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” slogan aren’t surprising at all. On the same day the NFL issued a statement about Kaepernick so manicured and delicate that it largely states nothing, President Donald Trump offered up predictable criticism of the advertising effort. But the President ad libbed a caveat that, if heeded by his base, could go a long way toward ending the controversy created by Kaepernick’s decision to stop standing for the national anthem.

I think it’s a terrible message,” Trump told TheDailyCaller.com in an Oval Office interview regarding Nike’s decision to partner with Kaepernick. “Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent.”

That relationship apparently doesn’t give the President’s opinion any extra weight. The office he occupies obviously does.

“I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it, but I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent,” Trump said. “There’s no reason for it.”

But then he seemed to acknowledge that there is a reason for it, even if he disagrees with that reason.

“As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way — I mean, I wouldn’t have done it,” Trump said. “In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”

Saying that peaceful protest “is what this country is all about” is a far cry from the knee-jerk reaction from then-candidate Trump that maybe Kaepernick should find another country. And it possibly represents an acknowledgement that Kaepernick and others have the right to peacefully protest during the anthem without being called unpatriotic, un-American, or unfit for continued residence here.

There’s no way the President will be surrendering his all-too-handy device for rallying support and/or distracting from other subjects. But if anyone heeds the viewpoint regarding this country being all about exercising certain freedoms, maybe attitudes regarding Kaepernick and other NFL players who choose to peacefully protest during the anthem will begin to change.

215 responses to “Donald Trump calls Nike’s decision to embrace Colin Kaepernick “a terrible message”

  1. I think your supreme court pick not shaking the hand of a father of the Parkland shooting today a terrible message.

    I think your aides hiding documents from you so you don’t start world war 3 is a terrible message.

    I think using the marking campaign of a corporation as a distraction from your failed administration which saw one legislative victory in almost two years, a tax cut for the 1% to be a terrible message.

    I think your continued objective to divide to be a terrible message.

    In fact I find you to just simply be terrible.

  2. When America decided to hang on to slavery’s noose when it gained it’s independence, that sent the ultimate terrible message that you are still hanging from the gallows for. You should be seeking forgiveness.

  3. He’s right. Nike is calling a hero, a man who seemingly supported a communist. Wore pig cop socks. And it divides their customers. It’s just a stupid decision.

  4. Gotta love this guy tells it like it is. But the truth hurts. You point a gun at a cop you get shot. You would think that would be a no brainer. These people just don’t get it nobody’s going to support your cause when you can’t change yourself. Look at all the major city’s. Shootings are the norm. If he was kneeling for a real cause like a cure for cancer everybody would support him. Let’s face it he didn’t give up nothing he sucked and knew it. It was a last ditch effort to keep his fame.

  5. Let’s see. He knelt during the anthem. He didn’t training dogs to fight each other, he didn’t throw his girlfriend on a bed full of guns, he didn’t kill someone, he didn’t drive drunk and seriously injure someone, he didn’t threaten a teammate. He didn’t sexually assault a woman. He took a knee. I think the NFL has some bad guys. Real bad guys. He doesn’t deserve this level of vitriol.

  6. This guy has no impulse control. No wonder the people in his cabinet call him unhinged and actually hide documents from him thinking it would be a danger to national security.

  7. This clown and his base of sheep should be ignored. Attention for his stupid remarks is what he lives for. The NFL shouldn’t acknowledge anything he says or tweets. Only a couple of months until he’s neutered.

  8. Kaepernick endorsed and praised by the former Iranian premier of the Islamic Republic of Iran, notably the most anti-American government in the world. One of the most racist, mysogynic, repressive regimes in today,s world. Tells you what his, Kaep’s, supporters think of the United States.

    Spin that occurrence, Kaep fans.

  9. My god people. It’s about time and place. Dude can do whatever the hell he wants, except for when he’s doing what he WAS being paid to do. Seriously, you’re all morons.

  10. Trumps real message will be to slap better grade athletic shoes with tariffs out of China.
    Add to that athletic apparel and then lets see how Mr. Knight and company with their stock holders respond. Nike goes political and will get burned.

  11. Stop with the idiotic “free speech” nonsense. It shows your ignorance. Free speech applies to government, not your private employer, and you aren’t free from the consequences of said speech. Nike lost 3% of it value today so it’s pretty clear this was a mistake. But SJWs always double down.

  12. My big issue with the marketing campaign is it saying he sacrificed everything. I don’t think turning down 7 million, over 2 years from Denver, is much of a sacrifice. If was “believe in something bigger than yourself”, I could see where they were coming from.

  13. I will never buy any Nike product ever again. When you disrespect my national anthem then hide behind the 1st amendment and then get an endorsement deal I won’t put up with it. These are waters Nike should have never waded into.

  14. dcpatfan says:
    September 4, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    When America decided to hang on to slavery’s noose when it gained it’s independence, that sent the ultimate terrible message that you are still hanging from the gallows for. You should be seeking forgiveness.

    ———–

    Who was it that was selling America the slaves they were purchasing?

  15. To that person claiming the Supreme Court pick was disrespectful to that father, you’re a liar. Look at the video. Security stepped in before he could shake his hand. And how was he or security supposed to know who he was?

  16. And for those of you either ignorantly or intentionally misrepresenting the Castro shirt, he clearly said he supported Castro’s investment in Education and free Medical care for his people; not oppression of them.

  17. And it possibly represents an acknowledgement that Kaepernick and others have the right to peacefully protest during the anthem without being called unpatriotic, un-American, or unfit for continued residence here.
    ———————————————

    A person that holds up Fidel Castro, Malcom X, Louis Farrakhan, Che Guevara and Asata Shakur as his heroes deserves all the criticism the American public can muster. Unless you can define what real HATE is then I’m all ears.

  18. This is so done already…who cares? Why should players be allowed to peacefully protest in uniform at the stadium on company time while being paid by a private employer ……Is the case at PFT ? Are you allowed to do this ….My question will fall on a deaf ear here as the answer destroys the repeated agenda driven articles.

  19. Couch-Americans have inflamed this via the far right
    &
    I’m as conservative & patriotic as it gets

    But GOD, whom this country is supposed to represent, is the main character left out if all these comments

    GOD is appalled at the atrocities being overlooked in America

    We crucify a protesting x-NFL player but sign off on a president who sides with the Kremlin

    And yet dare to say we’re patriotic
    SMH in disdain,
    Right along with my Savior

  20. You Trump ditto heads don’t get it. Nike knows exactly what it’s doing. They don’t want to sell anything to YOU – they want the other 60-65% of the country as their market. Especially younger, well educated (read: non-Trump voters) consumers who have money to spend. They like stickin’ it to the man. Whether it’s the fossils that want to dictate “patriotism” at sporting events . Or the Great Pumpkin Head in D.C. that hates freedom of speech (except his own of course).

  21. “theimmaculatedeception says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm
    Ya know what’s even more terrible? Racism, the killing of unarmed people, intolerance, and police brutality. Trump is a scared, insecure troll with a donut for a core”…….Hahahahahahaha way to try and spin it ….That’s like saying you wear a Trump shirt in support of Trump because you like his hair and support Golf ….but not the other political stuff….What a joke

  22. The president is just happy today for another reason to divert attention away from a pending investigation against him and his administration. 3% drop in stock price in a day of trading is hardly noticeable, now if Nike shares fell 40% that would send a message, just a few people with a couple shares of Nike expressing their outrage with Kapernick just proves that people with real money have more to worry about than a kneeling quarterback.

  23. nhpats says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    dcpatfan says:
    September 4, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    When America decided to hang on to slavery’s noose when it gained it’s independence, that sent the ultimate terrible message that you are still hanging from the gallows for. You should be seeking forgiveness.

    ———–

    Who was it that was selling America the slaves they were purchasing?
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    Other African tribes, transported by European flagged ships. However, to some, the blame lays on today’s Caucasian Americans.

  24. “wcman says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm
    And for those of you either ignorantly or intentionally misrepresenting the Castro shirt, he clearly said he supported Castro’s investment in Education and free Medical care for his people; not oppression of them”……….Hahahahahahaha way to try and spin it ….That’s like saying you wear a Trump shirt in support of Trump because you like his hair and support Golf ….but not the other political stuff….We are the ignorant ones..What a joke

  25. I just checked Nike’s financials, a 5% drop in sales will drop the stock price 33%. Best short of the year, expect sub $60 per share by October, 2019. Bet the farm

  26. willycents says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    Kaepernick endorsed and praised by the former Iranian premier of the Islamic Republic of Iran, notably the most anti-American government in the world. One of the most racist, mysogynic, repressive regimes in today,s world. Tells you what his, Kaep’s, supporters think of the United States.

    Spin that occurrence, Kaep fans.
    ——————————-
    OK,
    Trump is in bed with Russia and Putin. Putin who is former KGB and very smart won his presidency on the platform of destroying the United States of America! Using our president as a useful idiot to create discourse in our country. And you are ok with that? Take off your red hat and let the blood back into your brain.

  27. Who was it that was selling America the slaves they were purchasing?

    ———————

    Who was buying? And what did they do to them? (this is the moment amnesia sets in)

  28. A terrible message? That’s not a terrible message.

    A terrible message is the President of the United States standing next to Vladimir Putin and saying, on a world stage, that he believes Putin over the entire US intelligence community.

    A terrible message is the president repeatedly attacking the 1st amendment, saying that the free press is the enemy of the people (his own words. The press is the enemy of the people). That is straight up dictator type behavior.

    A terrible message is the president saying that any media outlet that says anything negative about him is “fake news”.

    A terrible message is the president actively promoting conspiracy theories, and touting conspiracy theory news outlets as real news, while trashing legitimate news sources.

    A terrible message is constantly attacking a 100% legitimate investigation into Russia’s ongoing interference in our election process.

    A terrible message is Trump constantly attacking foundational law enforcement agencies of the USA, like the FBI, CIA, NSA etc.

    A terrible message is firing the head of the FBI because he refused to swear loyalty to you on an ongoing investigation.

    A terrible message is the president acting like a petty, spoiled little child on twitter on a daily basis.

    A terrible message is the president continually riling up his base with fake news and purposely trying to deepen an already deep divide in this country.

    A terrible message is the president refusing to honor a war hero just because that war hero has the nerve to speak out against him.

    A terrible message is the president lying so much that it is on a pathological level. Even when he is on tape saying the opposite, he has zero issue lying. Even when the proof is presented to him, he then just attacks it as “fake news” (even though it was his own words being shown to him).

    These are things that can have truly long lasting negative consequences. His words are already shaking the confidence (among his supporters, anyway) in these crucial foundations to our freedom.

    Trump’s words are hollow and meaningless because his actions often fly in the face of his words. He’s the furthest thing from a truly patriotic American.
    Patriotic Americans don’t try their best to block and discredit investigations into meddling by hostile foreign nations. Patriotic Americans don’t get 5 deferments in a matter of 7 years because they are too scared, or too entitled, to protect this country when she calls upon you. Patriotic Americans help defend and protect establishments crucial to our freedom.

    Someone who truly cared about America also wouldn’t strip away all of the environmental pollution and protection laws and put Voal and Oil execs in charge of the EPA.

    I could go on all day, but I’ll stop here.

  29. I don’t disagree with Trump. ( a rare moment ) What I do disagree with his inserting himself in private business affairs. That is a violation of his oath and he should be reprimanded for that. A president has too much power and could make or break a business with just a few words. He should keep his trap shut.

  30. wcman says:
    And for those of you either ignorantly or intentionally misrepresenting the Castro shirt, he clearly said he supported Castro’s investment in Education and free Medical care for his people; not oppression of them.

    Kind of like wearing a Hitler shirt to celebrate German investment in rocketry and building the worlds 1st National Highway system.

    See how ignorant your argument is now? Dictators that murder/imprison any and all dissidenters should never be supported.

  31. Don’t care one bit about Colin or his “struggle” for some cause. I will say that Trump is a terrible message about the consequences of Russian hooker urine though.

  32. As per usual, Your President Donald Trump is not only correct, but he’s the smartest person in the room. It’s easy to see why some inferior people hate him, he makes them uncomfortable with his sharp intellect and unrivaled business savvy. He’s the best President since Reagan. America is at an all time high and anyone with an ounce of objective logic reasoning can see that.

  33. Anything to keep this peddling parasite of divisiveness going. Just about everytime we are ready to turn the page in this clown, the far left creates a way to keep him relevant. Yes nuke is allowed to promote whenever they want to endorse their product. But when they take someone who is not a hero and try to glorify him it’s propaganda that is just a plain lie and I will not support it. They are only doing it for publicity to make a cheap sleazy buck. It’s ashame, and mike could’ve endorsed a real American hero like Pat Tillman or Joe Delaney.

  34. julienewmarsboobs says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    wcman says:
    And for those of you either ignorantly or intentionally misrepresenting the Castro shirt, he clearly said he supported Castro’s investment in Education and free Medical care for his people; not oppression of them.

    Kind of like wearing a Hitler shirt to celebrate German investment in rocketry and building the worlds 1st National Highway system.

    See how ignorant your argument is now? Dictators that murder/imprison any and all dissidenters should never be supported.

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    Best post I have read in months!!!!

  35. “Gotta love this guy tells it like it is. But the truth hurts.”

    Trump wouldn’t know the truth if it was punching him in the face. Over 4000 documented lies since he’s been in office.

    The GOP under Trump has shot down and blocked numerous veteran’s bills including –

    Clay-Hunt Suicide Prevention Act
    Health Benefits & Retirement Pay Restoration
    Wounded Veterans Job Security Act
    Veterans Retraining Act
    Homeless Veteran Reintegration Act
    Disabled Veterans Home Accessibility Grant
    Job Corps Act
    Tortured Veterans & Victims Relief Act
    Veterans Business Center Act
    Secretary of education last week removed protections for vets from predatory student lenders

    This is how the “party of patriots’ respects out troops Ie they dont care the slightest about them.

    BTW not one GOP member dared suggest cutting Trumps golf trips before cutting food for veterans

    And no, congressional record on voting is not “fake news”

  36. You people can say 100k times that’s it’s not disrespecting the anthem or country and I can disagree as well. If you did it before or after the whatever but I can careless about your message whatever it is. You want respect give it.

  37. Guess all you tub o’ lards with your sextuple XL Zeke Elliott nike jerseys will be burning them huh? NO?

    Why don’t you donate your Nike apparel to the millions of homeless vets you pretend to care about. hip-o-crites. The lot of ya.

  38. Kaepernick supports Castro and Ahmadinejad from Iran supports Kaepernick. Somethings speak for them self.

  39. thetooloftools says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    I will never buy any Nike product ever again. When you disrespect my national anthem then hide behind the 1st amendment and then get an endorsement deal I won’t put up with it. These are waters Nike should have never waded into.

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    Lol. Your name is The Tool of Tools. Hahahahaha. You can’t make this up.

  40. Boycott Nike all you want, I know I’m about to get some real good deals. One mans trash another mans treasure. It’ll make up for your pathetic little boycott.

  41. I don’t seem to be allowed to paste a URL here. If anyone is really interested you might want to check out the story on Bloomberg about Nike’s treatment of it’s female employees. Unless of course they don’t matter.

  42. “There’s no way the President will be surrendering his all-too-handy device for rallying support and/or distracting from other subjects.”
    ________________________________________________________

    Your site should be proud then. You do the same thing all of the time. Did you ever report what Jim Brown said recently?

  43. If Traitor Trump thinks that Nike is sending a terrible message, then the reality must be that Nike is right on target and doing exactly the right thing. The orange colostomy bag is always wrong, so Nike must be right.

  44. I think Nike has played this well. A ton of publicity, and now firmly aligned on the other side of Trump. Which also happens to be, the market they are targeting.

  45. Maybe Trump should spend MORE time dealing with NAFTRA, building “a he wall”, tariffs with China, domestic terrorism, and many other PRESIDENTIAL issues
    Instead of constantly whining about the NFL

  46. This will b so fun to watch. Who does Nike think guys their stuff. Not some broke ass liberal. Hell, that David Faig guy from Parkland could only raise 3 G’s to put billboards up in Arizona. Liberals ar all talk and no cash. Reminds me of dirty hippies…

  47. willycents says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    Kaepernick endorsed and praised by the former Iranian premier of the Islamic Republic of Iran, notably the most anti-American government in the world. One of the most racist, mysogynic, repressive regimes in today,s world. Tells you what his, Kaep’s, supporters think of the United States.

    Spin that occurrence, Kaep fans.

    I agree that Iran is second in all of the categories mentioned above… right behind Comrade Trump’s illegitimate regime. No administration in the world is as anti-American as Trump’s.

  48. Hahahahahahaha way to try and spin it ….That’s like saying you wear a Trump shirt in support of Trump because you like his hair and support Golf ….but not the other political stuff….We are the ignorant ones..What a joke

    You are ignorant if you choose to ignore what the person you are PO’ed at is saying in favor of being offended by what you interpret the message to be.

  49. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    Who was it that was selling America the slaves they were purchasing?

    Some ones bigotry just reared its ugly head……
    ————————————————-

    And who was buying them, lynching and murdering them? So what’s your point?

  50. lunchtimeallday says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:02 pm
    Gotta love this guy tells it like it is. But the truth hurts. You point a gun at a cop you get shot. You would think that would be a no brainer. These people just don’t get it nobody’s going to support your cause when you can’t change yourself. Look at all the major city’s. Shootings are the norm. If he was kneeling for a real cause like a cure for cancer everybody would support him. Let’s face it he didn’t give up nothing he sucked and knew it. It was a last ditch effort to keep his fame.

    ————————-

    If he was kneeling for non-partisan causes like curing cancer or for conservative causes, fewer people would’ve support him and after receiving backlash from both sides, the protest would’ve ended almost immediately and he likely would’ve gotten cut after the 2016 preseason. And he wouldn’t have gotten the praise/recognition he’s gotten. People aren’t mad about what he’s protesting. They’re mad about how he’s protesting and him doing it during the Anthem.

  51. It’s understandable that stock holders are furious, while at the same time former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tweeted support for Nike’s Colin Kaepernick shenanigans. Maybe Nike can put out Death To America pig socks and make them both happy.

  52. derp363 says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    this story is a turd that won’t flush. i honestly thought people were burned out on this. wrong.

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    People are burned out. The SJWs and Kaep’s cult following are making more noise than the people who are tired of this SJW stunt/trend.

  53. Nike supports & popularized someone against oppression in the USA; but, how much are they compensating those overseas workers making his product line?

  54. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    Who was it that was selling America the slaves they were purchasing?

    Some ones bigotry just reared its ugly head……

    ——————-

    Yes because to the feeble minded pointing out historical facts is now “bigotry”

  55. nhpats says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    dcpatfan says:
    September 4, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    When America decided to hang on to slavery’s noose when it gained it’s independence, that sent the ultimate terrible message that you are still hanging from the gallows for. You should be seeking forgiveness.

    ———–

    Who was it that was selling America the slaves they were purchasing?
    ——-
    Wow. That’s like blaming the Indian’s for defending their land during the US Army’s war of genocide upon Indian’s. As if the slaves sold on an African continent were at the time a legal sell. Unreal.

  56. Don’t think for a moment Nike gives a rat’s behind about inner city social strife. Their products are made in third world sweatshops where child labor and horrid working conditions are near impossible to monitor. That’s where they’re invested. Not Chicago, LA or New York.

  57. wcman says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm
    And for those of you either ignorantly or intentionally misrepresenting the Castro shirt, he clearly said he supported Castro’s investment in Education and free Medical care for his people; not oppression of them.
    ____________________________
    Castro was a racist murdering dictator. That fact that Kaepernick used him as the example is exactly why Nike should have stayed clear. Its like saying Hitler is misrepresented, he was looking out for the best interests in germany. Are there no other examples of people who promoted free medical care?

    So like many, im done with Nike. To promote a guy who hates America, hates our service men and women, hates the police and supports racist dictators. The fact that many on the left still support him is more evidence than you will ever needs that democrats have never changed from the racist ways.

    Is it not possible to support equal justice without trashing everything and everybody that makes this wonder country what it is? Is that too much to ask?

  58. As a lawyer, how much longer are you going to continue to pretend that 1st Amendment rights extend to the workplace? I mean, seriously, why do you insist on pushing the free speech and peaceful protest angles when they clearly do not apply here?

  59. I haven’t seen one of these right-wing lunatics make a peep about priests raping children.

    Where’s the outrage over that? Oh right, I forgot……….you were too busy supporting Comrade Syphilis’ candidate in Alabama. You know, the child molester.

    You right wing maniacs are all vile sewer rats.

  60. Wait are the Mensa members on the right actually protesting someone who they hate for protesting?????????????

    Can’t make this stuff up, folks.

    ‘murica’s #1 resource……………vile imbeciles.

  61. Trump thinks that tariffs mean that other countries pay us money. It’s hard to take anything he says seriously.

  62. Nike’s new @Kaepernick7 ad generated $43 million in media exposure in its first 19 hours, per @ApexMGAnalytics. Despite a very vocal outpouring of criticism, almost half of that was positive, less than a quarter was negative.

  63. Mr Trump. A worse message is cheating on your wives. Dodging the draft. Swindling your buisness partners and the IRS out of millions, maybe billions. Insulting everyone that doesnt agree with you publicly. These are bad messages.

  64. I do not support boycotts–having said that I will New Balance instead of Nike, will watch less NFL football, and will not pay for any service that includes ESPN.

  65. Why would Trump think that Nike embracing Kaepernick is a terrible idea? Half the country embraced Trump and he dodged the draft 5X and mocked our POWs for getting captured.

  66. Just wondering if some of you Trump supporters are so concerned with the poorly paid Nike workers in China and southeast Asia, why aren’t you equally concerned with the Chinese workers making the MAGA hats you’re so proud of, and all Trump’s campaign banners.

    I’d also like to know how Trump personally sending jobs to China that should go to Americans somehow “makes America great again” ?

    That’s right it doesn’t, all it does is enrich Cadet Bonespurs a little bit more.

  67. httr4life4ever says:
    September 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm
    Nike’s new @Kaepernick7 ad generated $43 million in media exposure in its first 19 hours, per @ApexMGAnalytics. Despite a very vocal outpouring of criticism, almost half of that was positive, less than a quarter was negative.
    ——————————————

    Nike lost $4.2 billion in market share in the same time frame.
    My math isn’t very good. What’s 4.2 billion minus 43 million?

  68. redclaw1314 says:
    September 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    I do not support boycotts–having said that I will New Balance instead of Nike, will watch less NFL football,
    ___________

    Then do it…. why do some feel the need to tell others, much like the person that has to say they’re a vegetarian before ordering the salad… cant you just order a salad?

  69. Colin Kaepernick is not a traitor to his country and not trying to destroy the institutions of democracy… So he’s got that on you Donny.

    Colin Kaepernick acts like a citizen of the United States of America…Don, not so much.

  70. skawh says:
    September 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm
    nhpats says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    dcpatfan says:
    September 4, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    When America decided to hang on to slavery’s noose when it gained it’s independence, that sent the ultimate terrible message that you are still hanging from the gallows for. You should be seeking forgiveness.

    ———–

    Who was it that was selling America the slaves they were purchasing?
    ——-
    Wow. That’s like blaming the Indian’s for defending their land during the US Army’s war of genocide upon Indian’s. As if the slaves sold on an African continent were at the time a legal sell. Unreal.

    —————

    Your straw man is burning down in front of you.

    Black guys rounded up other black guys and sold them into slavery. How does your analogy relate to that? And to the original post, if white people should be “seeking forgiveness” should blacks not also seek such forgiveness?

  71. Yes because to the feeble minded pointing out historical facts is now “bigotry’

    I think it would be fair to say a bigot is the feeble minded one to argue about something that transpired 4oo years ago is cause for discrimination today. That argument you will hear at a Klan gathering of toothless hillbilly’s …..Mensa of the. Ozarks.

  72. When someone wears socks depicting police officers as pigs and praises a communist dictator and you make him the face of your company then yes, you send a terrible message.

  73. Person list a dozen Trump downers and his followers ignore them, like they are fake news. Amazing. Trump sold a university which was a complete rip off. Opened three casinos in NJ. paid no one for the fixtures that went into them. Stuck most of the contractors who worked on those projects, stuck meaning didn’t pay for work completed. Filed bankruptcy on all three. Walked away a “winner”. Wake up Americans. Stop watching State news and listing to talking heads tell you what you need to know. READ. Internet news sites will list over a dozen media outlets reporting on the same story. Stop listing to this guy.

  74. Worth repeating:
    “A person that holds up Fidel Castro, Malcom X, Louis Farrakhan, Che Guevara and Asata Shakur as his heroes deserves all the criticism the American public can muster. Unless you can define what real HATE is then I’m all ears.”

  75. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 4, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Yes because to the feeble minded pointing out historical facts is now “bigotry’

    I think it would be fair to say a bigot is the feeble minded one to argue about something that transpired 4oo years ago is cause for discrimination today. That argument you will hear at a Klan gathering of toothless hillbilly’s …..Mensa of the. Ozarks.
    —————————————

    Bigot— Intolerance towards those who hold different opinions than oneself.
    You are proving who the bigots are. They are all on the left. The most close minded hateful people in history.

  76. Donald Trump calls Nike’s decision to embrace Colin Kaepernick “a terrible message”
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    So was America’d decision to embrace you.

  77. Trump apologized to Putin for the Russian investigation. What kind of a message does that send?

    Trump hasn’t visited our troops in combat zones, yet. What kind a of a cowardly message does that send?

    Trump “doesn’t like the ones that caught.” What kind of message does that send?

    Where does it end with this clown?

  78. Orange man, can you just go away! You have been a thorn in the NFL side for months. Don’t you have better things to do like getting us out of this trade war that you started?

  79. A person that holds up Fidel Castro, Malcom X, Louis Farrakhan, Che Guevara and Asata Shakur as his heroes deserves all the criticism the American public can muster. Unless you can define what real HATE is then I’m all ears.

  80. A whole lot of new names here for THIS thread. Nobody rounds up trolls to the internet more quickly than outraged 30%’ers.

    That would be the kooks on right and their mirror opposite bretheren on the left.

    People who use terms like “leftie” or “righty” or “lib” or “fascist neo-con” cannot be ignored anywhere near the level they should be.

    This is POTUS’s red herring issue – and I’ll have no part of it except to say that the Grant Adminstration is looking looking like 2nd rate criminals compared to the new swamp created by POTUS.

  81. Bigot— Intolerance towards those who hold different opinions than oneself.
    You are proving who the bigots are. They are all on the left. The most close minded hateful people in history.

    Racist….a person using someone’s race as a reason to discrimate……many can play the word game, but just a few prefer to be racists….Bubba you have been exposed by your own words.

  82. Terrible message indeed – Kaepernick’s support for domestic terrorist JoAnne Chesimard aka Assata Shakur and his recent albeit largely overlooked palling with antisemitic activist Linda Sarsour shows a guy whose idea of protesting social injustice indicates complete insincerity.

  83. I think most would agree that Nelson Mandela is a kinder person than trump could ever be. Nelson Mandela is friends with Castro. Castro also believes in the rights of black people and education. So while some of you are confused about why Kaep wore a Castro shirt just keep in mind we live in a country where NASCAR fans are upset because they can’t fly confederate flags before and during races. As for Why the NFL won’t void the nike contract that doesn’t expire until 2028…it would serve as additional proof for Kaeps case against the nfl. Long story short…CHECKMATE!!!

  84. jmethane says:
    September 4, 2018 at 7:56 pm
    Colin Kaepernick is not a traitor to his country and not trying to destroy the institutions of democracy… So he’s got that on you Donny.

    Colin Kaepernick acts like a citizen of the United States of America…Don, not so much.

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    Citizens of the United States of America don’t sit/kneel during the National Anthem. Kaep is worse than Trump.

  85. stexan says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    You Trump ditto heads don’t get it. Nike knows exactly what it’s doing. They don’t want to sell anything to YOU – they want the other 60-65% of the country as their market. Especially younger, well educated (read: non-Trump voters) consumers who have money to spend. They like stickin’ it to the man. Whether it’s the fossils that want to dictate “patriotism” at sporting events . Or the Great Pumpkin Head in D.C. that hates freedom of speech (except his own of course)

    ==========================

    if you honestly think that the younger people of this country have more wealth to spend than the older generations, you certainly are not “educated” in any way. youre young. when you get older, youll realize your errors and thats why they call it wisdom, grasshopper. the “fossils” as you call them are 90 percent of the nfls money base. younger people dont want to pay for tickets they wanna download it for free. hows that contribute exactly?

  86. NewYorkLion says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:14 pm
    This is so done already…who cares? Why should players be allowed to peacefully protest in uniform at the stadium on company time while being paid by a private employer ……Is the case at PFT ? Are you allowed to do this ….My question will fall on a deaf ear here as the answer destroys the repeated agenda driven articles.

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    They shouldn’t be allowed to protest peacefully on company time. But then when you go to work your boss doesn’t make you stand for the anthem before you sharpen your pencils.

  87. Liar in chief, private bone spurs and traitor tRump, who cares what he thinks. Oh by the way “MAGA” stands for “My Attorney Got Arrested”

  88. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 4, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    Bigot— Intolerance towards those who hold different opinions than oneself.
    You are proving who the bigots are. They are all on the left. The most close minded hateful people in history.

    Racist….a person using someone’s race as a reason to discrimate……many can play the word game, but just a few prefer to be racists….Bubba you have been exposed by your own words.
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    Black unemployment is the lowest in history and black support for the President has doubled since his inauguration. He has gotta be the most incompetent and ineffective racist that has ever had that much power.

  89. mark0226 says:
    September 4, 2018 at 7:50 pm
    Only 25% of the population care what he thinks.
    ????????
    Since when can 25% of the vote get you elected as President of the United States of America?

  90. “I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it, but I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent,” Trump said”. Who can read this sentence and not think “dementia?”

  91. When confronted by his own board member about why Dick Sporting Goods stocks continue to fall since banning AR-15’s; CEO Edward Stack got pissed & sidestepped with an excuse that UnderArmour sales were to blame.
    What’s gonna be his excuse when UnderArmour sales jump back up…Nike?

  92. Sent the right message? Captain Comb-over has no insight. He’s clearly divided this country at every turn. Every chance he gets.

  93. Since when can 25% of the vote get you elected as President of the United States of America?

    He was elected with more, but he’s turned off a lot of those who voted for him previously, ergo….25% only care about what he says. Do the math.

  94. It won’t happen overnight sales will drop. But given all the good coaches are white Nike will fade away from the jersey scene and soon from everything else. Just stating facts so don’t be mad.

  95. Trump and Kaepernick. The odd couple with so much in common. Two guys on opposite sides of an issue, and neither can make a coherent argument for their position. One blasts people on Twitter, the other wears pig socks.

    I’ll take Malcolm Jenkins and Dak Prescott, two guys who can articulate their opposing views, any day over Trump and Kaepernick.

  96. I mean he has a point.

    The message is he is sacrificing everything but he is more famous now, he is getting more money still being a Nike endorser than most everyone in America will ever get, he is able to speak his mind whenever and however he wants.

    Everything? What did he actually sacrifice? A few years of being a backup QB in the NFL?

  97. He didn’t start out taking a knee. He started out sitting on the bench while the anthem was playing. It took the convincing of a military member to change it to taking a knee, to try to be a bit less offensive. I wish now he had stuck with sitting and this issue would be over with 3 years ago.

  98. If Kaepernick really sucked as a QB, then it shouldn’t matter that he signed with Nike. But all of this reaction shows that it was collusion from his protest as the reason he was not signed by NFL teams. Just for Lying I’m gonna buy More Nike gear. It had nothing to do with his stats, which were better than Peterman, Fitzpatrick, Savage and other trash QBs who were able to get a deal.

  99. julienewmarsboobs says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Dictators that murder/imprison any and all dissidenters should never be supported.

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    Julie, Julie, Julie…Typical American – completely clueless to the actions of your government. Try Googling “US support for dictators” and educating yourself!

    And what is a “dissidenters”?

    Nike may take a hit short term but let’s see where they are at the end of the Q4; no such thing as bad press and that’s what they are banking on…

  100. Why do American citizens taking a knee (to bring attention to police brutality) bother you all more than Trump taking a stand with two dictators: Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin–with his Russian government threatening YOUR VERY OWN democracy! Tell me which is more unAmerican.

    Einstein was right when he said, “Racism is America’s worst disease.” Sadly, this cancer metastasized from the White House to the house!​

  101. Nike just really killed their brand. Promoting a failed quarterback who calls his country’s law enforcement pigs, but will promote a communist dictator who held office from 1976 until 2008 and ran his people into the ground………. great move NIKE. I’ve always bought under armor anyways. I really hope you fail now!

  102. Anyone claiming to be a patriot has zero right to agree with captain orange skin. How can we possibly call this a free country when a man gets completely banned from the NFL for daring to take a knee during the anthem. There is no law stating he has to, and I don’t either, guess I should be fired too. The man was standing up for social injustice, and instead of embracing that, we just committed our own social injustice. You guys gonna seriously tell me that you care more about someone standing during the anthem than all the racist nonsense he stood against? This is absolutely absurd, and makes all of you who disagree with him look racist.
    This man gave up a whole lotta money for what he believed in, and I doubt even 0.00001% of you guys would ever have the backbone to do what he did. We should be proud of him, Reid, and all the others who decided to put humanity over something so foolish. Free country, but you have no freedom. I’m disgusted by this.

  103. It’s funny how people come out of the woodwork to post on stories here if Trump’s name is mentioned. Like everyone doesn’t know there is a tracker and email/messaging game going on. Some leftist sees a story, posts it in the echo chamber and other leftists come to websites and flood them with ignorance. None of you leftists have a shred of evidence to support what you write. It is all opinion, and generally not even your own opinion. Trump will never be charged with a crime. The investigation is.almost over and there is zero evidence Trump did anything. Seriously, quit watching Maddow and turn off the CNN. You people look as ridiculous as those “journalists” do. And in case none of you leftists have noticed. The majority doesn’t care. 70% think the leftist media are worse.liars than Trump.

  104. seattlelion says:
    September 5, 2018 at 12:52 am
    He didn’t start out taking a knee. He started out sitting on the bench while the anthem was playing. It took the convincing of a military member to change it to taking a knee, to try to be a bit less offensive. I wish now he had stuck with sitting and this issue would be over with 3 years ago.

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    If Kaep could have only played well enough to beat out Blaine Gabbert then this issue would never have existed in the first place

  105. s
    skawh says:
    September 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm
    nhpats says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    dcpatfan says:
    September 4, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    When America decided to hang on to slavery’s noose when it gained it’s independence, that sent the ultimate terrible message that you are still hanging from the gallows for. You should be seeking forgiveness.

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    Who was it that was selling America the slaves they were purchasing?
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    Wow. That’s like blaming the Indian’s for defending their land during the US Army’s war of genocide upon Indian’s. As if the slaves sold on an African continent were at the time a legal sell. Unreal.

    The first people were African. The first slavers were African, long before white people showed up. This does not exonerate white people, rather it is an inclusive situation where blacks and whites have the exact same sins on their souls. It matters not that white people mistreated slaves after purchase since the black people who sold them were still abusing slaves on the African continent at the same time. The bigotry and prejudice enters the picture when one attempts to foist all of this one race. Nice try but history and facts are not on your side. Regarding Freedom of Speech, go ahead and try telling this inconvenient truth at your workplace.

  106. America’s decision to embrace Trump was a terrible decision
    Wait a minute – 65% of Americans are disgusted by the way POTUS has driven America apart
    Nike has shown courage, if it backs down now, last pair of Nikes I will ever buy

  107. Why is this buffoon still here? Why is he nominating a Supreme Court Judge to a lifetime position. He is clearly incapable of the duties of his office, lacking the intellect, education and temperament required. Congress has abdicated its responsibilities in holding this moron to the standards set forth in the Constitution. He is unfit.Period.

  108. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 4, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Nike lost $4.2 billion in market share in the same time frame.
    My math isn’t very good. What’s 4.2 billion minus 43 million?
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    UA and Adidas also slid in the market as well about the same amount as Nike did.
    If you’re upset about Nike choosing Kap for the “Just Do It” campaign “Just Ignore It” like you do Police Brutality and Racial injustice. What I really don’t understand is the burning of Nike stuff. If you don’t want to support the brand don’t buy it anymore but destroying stuff you already own and paid for is dumb

  109. Nike is in Defcon 4 right about now. My theory but this is how they are going to save face: They are going to go after Aly Raisman as part of the ‘Just do it’ campaign.

    They are going to claim this was plan all along to use multiple athletes in their campaign. After her it will be a Para-olympian.

    Nike did not go into this trying to be SJW’s. They have been losing the millennial demo to Under Armour for quite some time now. They had to try to jump start this market share.

  110. What have they stuck his stupid picture on top of their building for? Who cares about Kapernick anymore?? Glad Nike shares had a horrible day yesterday hope that keeps happening.
    Very poor idea.Glad he can’t get a job, the owners are in charge.

  111. nhpats says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:05 am
    seattlelion says:
    September 5, 2018 at 12:52 am
    He didn’t start out taking a knee. He started out sitting on the bench while the anthem was playing. It took the convincing of a military member to change it to taking a knee, to try to be a bit less offensive. I wish now he had stuck with sitting and this issue would be over with 3 years ago.

    —————
    If Kaep could have only played well enough to beat out Blaine Gabbert then this issue would never have existed in the first place

    Telling the truth will get you nowhere.

  112. httr4life4ever says:
    September 5, 2018 at 8:24 am
    What I really don’t understand is the burning of Nike stuff. If you don’t want to support the brand don’t buy it anymore but destroying stuff you already own and paid for is dumb

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    Kind of like Progressive idiots burning cars and building during their Soros-planned riots

  113. It’s all about the money on both sides. He is going to be making millions while everyone else according to him is suffering. Really? The don’t do the crime moron!

  114. Me and my friends are all planning our big Nike shopping spree for the coming weekend. This was a great idea for an ad campaign. Free publicity. Fake outrage from Cheeto. Morons destroying stuff they’ve already paid for. This is America.

  115. I will always believe Kaepernick sat during the anthem simply because he was pouting for not playing and it only turned into something else after that. 🙂

  116. So, the same Nike lemmings that do not care that they are manufactured with underpaid child labor are now burning their things because of a marketing ad? Seriously? In two months, those same lemmings will be back buying more Nike stuff to replace what they burned.

    I haven’t purchased any Nike for around 25-30 years, largely due to their sweatshop labor practices (and partially due to their questionable quality). But, I won’t call it a protest, as they don’t miss my few dollars in their multi-billion dollar business.

  117. To bad all here are blinded by what they think of Trump but over look this is just another way by Nike to make money. No one asks why didn’t Nike send all they are paying him to the organizations that Kaepernack hates so much. So lets get this straight buy Nike and support one against the police departments and yet the ones putting their lives on the line you thumb your nose at. OH yea I running out right now to by anything Nike.

  118. I’m not buying it, that political weapon is all too handy. When someone or company has more money you get on board. Simple as that, I’m getting tired of seeing this stuff though can we hurry up til tomorrow, need a distraction from this rhetoric.

  119. FoozieGrooler says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:32 am
    People are only burning their Nikes because it’s easier than building a cross.
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    People like being victims because it’s easier than taking responsibility for their own lives.

  120. And it possibly represents an acknowledgement that Kaepernick and others have the right to peacefully protest during the anthem
    ****************************************************

    How quaint that you combine the fact that the President is acknowledging that someone has the right to protest and throwing “anthem” in there.

    I see what you did there…

    BTW, if you remove anthem from that sentence (ie, if CK protested at some other point OTHER than during the anthem) – this whole problem would have ended the day after his protest.

  121. Replying to:

    infrno says:
    September 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm
    Stop with the idiotic “free speech” nonsense. It shows your ignorance. Free speech applies to government, not your private employer, and you aren’t free from the consequences of said speech. Nike lost 3% of it value today so it’s pretty clear this was a mistake. But SJWs always double down.

    When the gov’t is personally attacking you, and yes DJT is the gov’t, and also threatening your employer… then it is censorship.

    And Nike stock’s 52 week low is $50.35, its high $83.68 and currently is @ $79.87… it clearly isn’t tanking or a mistaken.

  122. This is the epitome of hilarity. The people who are complaining the loudest are the same subset who don’t even purchase Nike shoes or apparel. They’ve all ‘upgraded’ to UnderArmor, years ago.

    The people who traditionally purchase Nike are those younger members of civilization who will spend 100 bux plus on leather athletic shoes. They admire Kap.

    The investors who complain won’t be complaining in 6 months when sales go through the roof.

    Non story made larger again by the Oval Office Distractor & Putin puppet.

  123. They were boycotting by not buying “anymore” THAT THEY ALREADY PAID FOR…. and burning the Nikes THAT THEY ALREADY PAID FOR…. boycotts over services rendered aren’t boycotts, they’re complaints.

  124. I wonder what he would have said if he had been allowed to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014, and hadn’t embarked on a campaign of lies to discredit another potential buyer….we see a pattern here

  125. as a vet I respect our constitution – including freedom of speech – I’m ashamed we now have a president who doesn’t appreciate those values

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