The new Nike ads featuring ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick have caused a backlash among some conservatives.
Christian-based Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Ga., will no longer purchase or sell Nike apparel and the university’s athletic team is discontinuing its relationship with Nike. Profits on remaining Nike gear will go to Wounded Warriors and the Fraternal Order of Police. “If Nike chooses to apologize to our troops and to our law enforcement officers, then—and only then—will TMU reconsider their brand,” said Truett McConnell University President Emir Caner.
Additionally, faith-based College of the Ozarks in Missouri is dropping its affiliation with Nike. Jerry C. Davis, the school’s president, said in a statement that he believes Nike is “promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America.”
The Thomas More Law Center is urging West Point and the Air Force academies to remove the Nike symbol from football uniforms. “Why should these leaders—at this point—advertise a private company on their uniform that shows so much contempt for not only our country, but for the men and women fighting to preserve our independence and to preserve our constitutional way of life?” said Thomas More Law Center President and Chief Counsel Richard Thompson.
In addition, pro-lifers should know that conservative watchdog 2nd Vote recently reported that since 2013, “Nike has donated over $1.8 million to Population Council, an organization that promotes abortion in the developing world.”
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