Missouri College Ends Nike Affiliation Over Launch of Its Cop-Hating Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign
The College of the Ozarks announced Wednesday they would end their affiliation with Nike after the company announced it had hired anti-police demonstrator Colin Kaepernick in their latest ad campaign.
In case you had not heard about the southern Missouri institution: “College of the Ozarks is unique among higher education institutions in America: no tuition is charged, all students work on campus, debt is openly discouraged, and no federal, state or private loans are made.”
The College of the Ozarks is a very patriotic school.
— CollegeOfTheOzarks (@CofOHardWorkU) September 5, 2018
Just Burn It.
The College of the Ozarks wants you to know it does not like Nike’s ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick.
The private Christian school located south of Branson, Missouri, said Wednesday that it would be dropping its affiliation with Nike over the Kaepernick “Just Do It” ad campaign. It’s not the first time the school has taken a stand with something Kaepernick-related.
Nike ‘promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America’
The school’s president Jerry Davis said Nike’s ads were promoting disrespect towards the United States.
“In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America,” Davis said in a statement. “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.”
The 1,500-person school is an NAIA-member school and its boycott will have much more symbolic impact — however large that actually is — than financial impact to Nike’s bottom line. The College of the Ozarks fields teams in six different sports in addition to cheerleading. The school does not field a football team.