Christian College Bans Nike Apparel Because Of Colin Kaepernick Ad
The College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, will not allow its school athletes to wear Nike apparel because of a new Nike ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made headlines in 2017 for kneeling during the National Anthem to peacefully protest against police brutality.
College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis falsely claimed the Nike ad disrespected America in a press release:
In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America. If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them.
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.
Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions at C of O, boasted that the college is pro-military even though the military is never mentioned in the ad:
Nike is free to campaign as it sees fit, as the College is free, and honor-bound by its mission and goals, to ensure that it respects our country and those who truly served and sacrificed.