The NFL, Nike, & Colin Kaepernick

The sports world is buzzing now that Nike has put forth Colin Kaepernick as the face of their new promotion. Social media has turned into a ‘this vs that’ over the last 24 hours with neither side really making a whole lot of sense. Some have turned it into a political fiasco, others have dug way deeper into the realms of racism and race baiting. Seriously, just stop. Nike can do what they want, and so can you.

The fact of the matter is that Kaepernick has been paid by Nike for quite some time now. The only difference now is that they’ve put him front and center. Whether you like him or not, this was Nike’s decision. You can opt to not buy their product, you can opt to not watch the NFL. Or you can just continue doing what you’ve always done, do what you enjoy. We all have options, go with the one that fits your life the best.

I’m not a fan of Kaepernick’s antics over the last couple years, but never has an athlete, or anyone else, convinced me to buy a product. I’m not about to let someone convince me to not buy something either. It seems that we have become a society that is constantly looking for a reason to be angry; to be offended. That doesn’t seem like a good way to live your life. But who am I to judge? I’ll continue living mine exactly how I have been. I buy the stuff I like, regardless of who is promoting it.

If one of my favorite athletes, let’s go with Nolan Ryan, decided to tell everyone to drive a Ford, I’d still hop in my Toyota RAV4 everyday without even thinking of driving anything else. Nothing against Ford, I just love my RAV4. On the flip side of this coin, if someone I didn’t care for told me that Texas Roadhouse is a great place to eat, I’m not going to stop going there. Their steaks are delicious…….and that seasoned rice. But I digress…….

Here’s the bottom line; we all have choices. What drives each of us to these choices will vary from one person to another. I’m not here to judge anyone. I’ll continue to buy products that I like, you can do the same. The NFL isn’t going away, thankfully, and neither are its fans. I’ve seen utter foolishness where people burn jerseys, cut up socks, throw away perfectly good clothing, all because they don’t like a certain person that promotes the product. The least you could do is donate it to a homeless shelter.

We’re 2 days away from the start of the NFL season. Stop bickering over petty nonsense. Football is a great game that we all enjoy watching. If you let non-football issues affect your viewing pleasure, well, that’s on you. Not the NFL, not Nike, not Colin Kaepernick. It’s on you.

Thursday night, Falcons at the Eagles (-2.5). Who ya got?


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