The overwhelming mood of the response to Nike’s Colin Kaepernick campaign has been one of confusion and anger.
Americans have long recognized that the protests that occur during the National Anthem of NFL football games are nothing more than elaborately manipulate publicity stunts aimed at providing fodder for the liberal talking heads at ESPN. The fundraising and charity efforts of those choosing to participate in the purposefully offensive actions have proven that.
Now, as the controversy continues to gain steam, Mississippi police are leaping into the fray as well with a powerful move.
Mississippi’s public safety commissioner disclosed Saturday that state police will no longer buy Nike products, saying the athletic apparel maker is unpatriotic and fails to support those in uniform.
“As commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, I will not support vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military,” Commissioner Marshall Fisher said in a statement Saturday to The Associated Press.
It isn’t immediately clear how much gear the state police agency buys from Nike or if it purchases directly from the athletic apparel maker. Department spokesman Warren Strain said the department has bought shoes and shirts from the company, as well as tactical training uniforms.
But Mississippi’s Republican establishment is jumping to support the cause, with Gov. Phil Bryant lauding his appointee’s decision.
“I support the commissioner’s decision,” Bryant said in a statement. The governor said the commissioner has the right to choose vendors his department does business with “and it’s not going to be a company that pays an individual who has slandered our fine men and women in law enforcement.”
Of course, this will only heighten the dialogue surrounding the sneaker maker and the unemployed former NFL player, which is precisely what Nike is hoping for to begin with.