It should come as no surprise that the Fraternal Order of Police would not be praising Nike’s decision to sign on Colin Kaepernick for their 30th Anniversary advertising campaign.
The organization representing over 325,000 law enforcement members slammed Nike for rewarding the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who sparked a national controversy when he refused to stand for the national anthem before a 2016 NFL game, with a contract for shoes and apparel.
Press Release on Nike
“Since 2016, 381 cops have been killed in the line of duty. They believed in something and sacrificed everything as did the families they left behind. All of the men and women in law enforcement believe in something and are prepared to sacrifice everything” pic.twitter.com/PjxCygLNwo
— National FOP (@GLFOP) September 5, 2018
But the Fraternal Order of Police blasted the company for choosing the unsigned former quarterback who chose to wear socks depicting cops as pigs during football practice and has used his protests as a commentary against police abuse and racial injustice.
“If Nike chooses to create an ad campaign featuring a former quarterback who describes cops as ‘pigs’ and makes large donations to the family of a convicted cop killer and wanted fugitive, Joanne Chesimard, who murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in cold blood in 1973, they are free to do so,” the organization said in a statement released Tuesday.
— Patty Hildreth (@bostonborn66) September 5, 2018
The FOP acknowledged that every American has the right “to freely express their views, even if they are uninformed and inflammatory.”
“Indeed, law enforcement officers have an obligation to defend these rights and we do so every day, even in those cases when the views expressed are hostile, hateful or offensive to the men and women of law enforcement,” the statement read.
The organization noted that it is against a boycott of Nike, stating that even though they have been encouraged to declare one, boycotts “often serve only to enrich the company—which is not what we want to do.”
Nike announcement was met with cheers from the left and condemnation from patriots who do not appreciate Kaepernick’s use of the national anthem or the flag to make his social justice statements.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
Many, like the organizations representing law enforcement, slammed Nike and the former NFL player for the disrespect shown to officers and members of the military.
Hey @Nike I guess you made @Kaepernick7 your new “face” of the brand because you love the way his socks look with your shoes? @Reebok here we come. #WeStand @TomiLahren @greggutfeld @kilmeade @RedneckRiviera pic.twitter.com/tgtbl8VFzv
— John Rich (@johnrich) September 3, 2018
President Trump condemned Nike’s endorsement of Kaepernick as sending a “terrible message” but defended the company’s right to do so.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 5, 2018
“Since 2016, 381 officers have been killed in the line of duty. They believed in something and sacrificed everything, as did the families they left behind. All of the men and women in law enforcement believe in something and are prepared to sacrifice everything,” the statement from the Fraternal Order of Police continued.
“Ultimately, this ad campaign will end and our nation will no longer associate ‘sacrifice’ and ‘sneakers.’ Instead, we will once again associate ‘sacrifice’ with our fellow Americans in our military and police departments who stand in harm’s way to protect the rest of us and our right to express ourselves,” the statement concluded.
Twitter users backed the FOP’s words and offered their support and praise.
I don’t know what we would do without the brave men and women who protect us when we need them.
— Mona Lisa ❌ (@MsBuonarroti24) September 5, 2018
From a survivor…Thank you so much for these words… God bless all who serve.
— Toni Goble (@tiredtoni) September 5, 2018
Supporting the BLUE LINE & BOYCOTTING NIKE PRODUCTS
— carol braziel (@BrazielCarol) September 5, 2018
I stand with the Men and Women in Blue! God Bless Our Military and Police that TRULY SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES for ?? EVERYDAY‼️@Nike #BoycottNike #boycottkaepernick #BoycottNFL #BoycottNFLSponsors #BlueLivesMatter #BackTheBlue #GodBlessOurMilitary #AllLivesMatter
— ❌MTK❤️????? (@MTKZH) September 5, 2018
— Swamp Cleaner Fred (@ArmyVeteran11) September 5, 2018
— Joe Nitwitowski (@Joenitwit1) September 5, 2018
— Shawn McGillicutty (@CapitalistCutty) September 5, 2018
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