Yes, disgraced former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is back in the news again. It just seems like a never-ending debacle with the divisive clown.
Over and over again he just pops up like a whack-a-mole.
And you’ll never believe what Colin Kaepernick and Nike are up to now.
Nike is Kaepernick’s biggest endorsement. They made the embattled former San Francisco 49er the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary of the advent of their “Just Do It” slogan.
Some reports said the worldwide apparel brand kept Kaepernick on payroll even after he was out of the league for two years because they had been planning for that moment.
While many boycotted Nike for their decision, Nike sales and its stock continued to rise, much to the surprise of many.
Nike doubled down and shotgun an American-themed Kaepernick shoe with a Betsy Ross flag on the heel – the flag with thirteen stars that signifies how many colonies joined forces to defeat the British during the Revolutionary War. The Betsy Ross sneakers are actually available on eBay if you want to pay tens of thousands of dollars for them.
But that 30th anniversary Nike “Just Do it” commercial is officially nominated for an Emmy.
The “Dream Crazy” commercial, which also referenced star athletes such as Serena Williams, LeBron James, and Shaquem Alphonso Griffin, highlights people who aspire to go beyond athleticism and be the best in the world at what they do. It scored an Emmy nod for outstanding commercial alongside impressive ads for Netflix as well as Apple’s Macbook and iPhone XS. But it’s manipulation.
In the ad, Kaepernick says, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” What exactly did he sacrifice? His career? He wasn’t very good and that’s the reason why he’s no longer in the league.
You may have forgot just how bad he was in his last year when Blaine Gabbert took over the starting role.
Kaepernick had a defense-adjusted yards above replacement — Football Outsiders’ ultimate value quotient — of minus-182, 35th in the NFL. By all metrics, he was one of the worst quarterbacks in the league.
That’s bad. Actually, it’s not just bad; it’s horrendous. These numbers look even worse when you consider that the 49ers went to a single-read offense for Kaepernick after his terrible four-interception performance against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3. Why is he such an icon?
Nevertheless, that’s kind of ironic considering he sacrificed America’s camaraderie in one fell swoop when he first kneeled for the National Anthem almost three years ago.
Nevertheless, Nike’s stock continues to rise despite rampant boycotts against Kaepernick and the apparel brand.
A report from Edison Trends said the company’s online sales grew 31 percent the week the campaign was launched. The surge was stronger than the 17 percent increase recorded last year during the same period, the report stated.
The press release by Edison Trends said, “There was speculation that the Nike/Kaepernick campaign would lead to a drop in sales but the data does not support that theory.”