Not everyone is buying former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s new deal with sports retailing giant Nike. The multi-million dollar new campaign is mottoed: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
The advertisement features Kaepernick, Serena Williams, Lebron James and several other athletes who are “dreaming to be the best.”
Retired National Basketball Association player Brock Gillespie plainly stated during an interview with Fox News, “Colin Kaepernick did not sacrifice anything.”
Asked by Fox News host Brian Kilmeade if Kaepernick deserved to belong among the great icons of their respective sports, Gillespie said: “No, I absolutely do not think so. If fact, Nike should rename their ad for ‘Sacrifice everything, even if it means our stock price,’ frankly.”
He continued, “In my opinion, no, Colin Kaepernick did not sacrifice anything. As a former athlete, I can tell you his career was over. I played 11 seasons of professional basketball and every athlete knows when their career is done. If you look at his last season, he was 1 [win] and 10 [losses] as a quarterback. The year before that he was 2 [wins] and 6 [losses]. So that’s 3 and 16 in your last two years and – as a quarterback in football – that’s how you’re judged, wins and losses. That’s it.”
Brock Gillespie: “In my opinion, no, Colin Kaepernick did not sacrifice anything.” pic.twitter.com/xWaFiv4qS8
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 6, 2018
The Fox News host then asked Gillespie from a business perspective why he thought the Nike deal could make sense.
“Nike aims for controversy that’s what you have to understand,” the former basketball star responded. “However, I think they swung and missed on this one because I think they went about this the same way the folks running the Hillary Clinton campaign did. They’ve just mis-assessed Middle America. And, this is again the elites trying to make up for something that – frankly, Nike has had some lawsuits in recent history as far as discrimination – I think they are trying to swing it to their favor. But, like I said, this is not the way to go about it.”
“If they want to make an ad about sacrifice, why don’t they go all the way – this is Nike – put Jesus on there,” he added.
The Fox News host described the ad as “phenomenal,” sans Kaepernick. The ad shows athletes dedicated to “dream crazy” and truly become some of the greats. The host argued Kaepernick does not belong as he was benched to quarterback Blaine Gabbert on what the host called “the worst team in the NFL.”
“He casually sat down on the bench and was asked by a reporter, now he’s bigger than Muhammad Ali. His thing is he’s against law enforcement and the inequitable prosecution of African-Americans and that’s fine,” the host continued.
“You have to understand there are a lot of people who are in law enforcement, putting their lives on the line everyday, who can’t be too happy with Nike right now.”
Gillespie, who has played basketball in more than a dozen countries on five different continents said Kaepernick should spend more time overseas if he thinks America discriminates.
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— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) September 6, 2018