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Sports store’s Nike, Kaepernick boycott backfires horribly

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Sports store’s Nike, Kaepernick boycott backfires horribly
FEBRUARY 15, 2019 11:49AM

The owner of a sporting goods store in Colorado, America says his shop is going out of business after he stopped selling Nike products over the company’s controversial campaign with NFL icon Colin Kaepernick.
Prime Time Sports, in Colorado Springs, is shuttering its doors after “21 mostly good years”, owner Stephen Martin wrote on Facebook this week.

He advertised 40 per cent off all merchandise, and thanked those who “offered help and support through the ‘Honour The Flag’ memorial wall and Nike boycott”.

Martin said he can’t afford to stay open anymore after he stopped selling Nike products, in protest after the sports brand featured Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, in its “Just Do It” campaign.

The controversial ad from the campaign included a photo of Kaepernick’s face, with the words “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything” superimposed on it.

Nike’s decision led to calls for a boycott of the company, with more than 42,000 people tweeting with the hashtag #NikeBoycott the day after the ad was released.

Kaepernick became a controversial figure in the US after kneeling during the American national anthem before a game in protest of discrimination and police brutality against black people. His stance sparked waves of similar protests from fellow NFL stars, who joined him in kneeling whenever the anthem was played.

But the NFL didn’t appreciate the move, trying to prevent protests by telling players who didn’t want to join in they could stay in the locker room but everyone on the field had to respect the anthem. Violations would result in fines.

Even president Donald Trump joined the debate, furiously tweeting his distaste for anyone who would have the gall to disrespect the country by kneeling during the anthem.

Martin said once he made the decision to go ahead with the boycott, he was living on borrowed time.

“Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being a milk store without milk or a gas station without gas,” he told KOAA-TV.

“How do you do it? They have a monopoly on jerseys.”

Martin said that despite having NFL apparel for every team in the league sold at his store, he isn’t selling the jerseys of any current NFL player because of his decision to boycott Nike.

“As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realised,” Martin confessed, adding that he cancelled an autograph event with Marshall, of the Denver Broncos, in 2016 because the linebacker knelt during the national anthem.

Martin revealed on Facebook on Friday his boycott had turned ugly.

“My mother was just called a ‘w***e’ over the phone while working (the) register. This ugliness has to stop. I am not a ‘racist pig,’” he wrote.

Martin said Prime Time Sports will remain open until he’s sold all his remaining merchandise, but is seemingly proud he did what he felt was right.

“I didn’t give in to big Nike and big dollars. I didn’t give in. I did it my way,” he said. “That part of the military respect that’s in me just cannot be sacrificed or compromised, as I believe Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick both did. I don’t like losing a business over it, but I rather be able to live with myself.”

Martin anticipates his store will close in about a month’s time.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission
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Re: Sports store’s Nike, Kaepernick boycott backfires horribly

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Post by Broomstick » 2019-02-15 06:07am

Ironically, the store owner did exactly what the Nike ad said - he believed in something, and it cost him everything.
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Post by Enigma » 2019-02-15 06:13am

Broomstick wrote:
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Ironically, the store owner did exactly what the Nike ad said - he believed in something, and it cost him everything.
So he's a failed version of Thanos? :)
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My mother was just called a ‘w***e’ over the phone
I can't figure out what this is bleeping. Is it white? :lol:
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Post by Gandalf » 2019-02-15 09:07am

This is way funnier than it should be.
Steel wrote:
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My mother was just called a ‘w***e’ over the phone
I can't figure out what this is bleeping. Is it white? :lol:
I think "whore."
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Gandalf wrote:
2019-02-15 09:07am
This is way funnier than it should be.
Steel wrote:
2019-02-15 08:06am
My mother was just called a ‘w***e’ over the phone
I can't figure out what this is bleeping. Is it white? :lol:
I think "whore."
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Post by ray245 » 2019-02-15 01:21pm

The concern here is that even facing bankruptcy is not enough to make him regret his beliefs and views. This is the thing that is dangerous. He is building up himself as a victim of Nike, rather than someone regretful of his actions, and he will find supporters who will defend him and help him.
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Post by Ralin » 2019-02-15 02:43pm

ray245 wrote:
2019-02-15 01:21pm
The concern here is that even facing bankruptcy is not enough to make him regret his beliefs and views. This is the thing that is dangerous. He is building up himself as a victim of Nike, rather than someone regretful of his actions, and he will find supporters who will defend him and help him.
In what sense? Because clearly he has thus far failed to find enough supporters willing to help him to avoid going out of business.

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Post by Gandalf » 2019-02-15 08:01pm

Ralin wrote:
2019-02-15 02:43pm
ray245 wrote:
2019-02-15 01:21pm
The concern here is that even facing bankruptcy is not enough to make him regret his beliefs and views. This is the thing that is dangerous. He is building up himself as a victim of Nike, rather than someone regretful of his actions, and he will find supporters who will defend him and help him.
In what sense? Because clearly he has thus far failed to find enough supporters willing to help him to avoid going out of business.
They'll send thoughts and prayers, presumably. Then use him as an example of evil leftists manipulating society.
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Post by Knife » 2019-02-16 11:19am

He spells it out really well. A sports store without Nike is like a gas station without gas but he decided to stop selling Nike. He probably made a bet that there were more 'angry white guys who watch football' than 'brown and black people who watch football' and made the wrong bet. I'd say, perhaps, he should get into a business that is more to his liking, but with business decisions like his, pretty much anything would be doomed.
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Post by Elfdart » 2019-02-20 12:57pm

The good news (kinda sorta) is that Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick just got a big out-of-court settlement from the NFL, worth at least $60 million for Kaepernick alone. The funny part is that as is usual, the NFL "admits no wrongdoing", aside from the fat checks they have to write in exchange for kowtowing to a white supremacist game show host. On the negative side, this settlement costs each team the equivalent of the salary for one backup player for one season -so it's not exactly going to raise welts on their asses.

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Post by Gandalf » 2019-02-21 09:30am

Yeah, it makes you wonder what the hell Kaepernick's legal team had over the NFL.
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Post by Napoleon the Clown » 2019-02-21 11:06pm

Chris Kluwe, former NFL punter wrote:Told you all this would never go to trial. The NFL absolutely cannot afford to go through discovery.
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The NFL not wanting to have to worry about the legal discovery process seems like a pretty feasible reason they'd be willing to settle, even if they thought they could win this specific lawsuit. Who knows what skeletons would turn up? The NFL is not a nice, friendly organization. And as pointed out, $60 million is chump change to them. They wouldn't pay it unless they thought the potential consequences of not making the offer would be worse.
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