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FOP Issues Statement in Response to Nike's Kaepernick Ad Campaign

September 05, 2018  | 

National Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury issued a statement Wednesday in response to Nike's ad campaign featuring anti-police activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

"Colin Kaepernick and all Americans have the constitutional right to freely express their views, even if they are uninformed and inflammatory. Indeed, law enforcement officers have an obligation to defend these rights and we do so every day, even in those cases when the views expressed are hostile, hateful, or offensive to the men and women of law enforcement.

"The Fraternal Order of Police has been called upon to boycott Nike for capitalizing on this former professional football player because he attracts controversy. In our experience, boycotts and similar exercises do not succeed and often serve to only enrich the company—which is not what we want to do. Our members, and for that matter any American citizen, understand when the law enforcement profession is being insulted—we have no doubt they will make their purchases with that insult in mind.

"If Nike chooses to create an ad campaign featuring a former quarterback who describes cops as 'pigs' and makes large donations to the family of a convicted cop killer and wanted fugitive Joanne Chesimard, who murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in cold blood in 1973, they are free to do so.

"Since 2016, 381 officers have been killed in the line of duty. They believed in something and sacrificed everything, as did the families they left behind. All of the men and women in law enforcement believe in something are prepared to sacrifice everything.

"Ultimately, this ad campaign will end and our nation will no longer associate 'sacrifice' and 'sneakers.' Instead, we will once again associate 'sacrifice' with our fellow Americans in our military and police departments who stand in harm's way to protect the rest of us and our right to express ourselves."


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Anthony @ 9/5/2018 5:11 PM

As justice would have it, the price of Nike stock is plummeting. I have thrown away my Nike t-shirts, sneakers an d anything else with their logo on it.

Shame on them...unless their Board of Directors planned on the company committing suicide.

Regina Graves @ 9/5/2018 6:20 PM

We all have to stand up and support these officers. Please do not support Nike or converse and spread the word. Hit them where it hurts! Get you some under armor or new balance. I believe they donated shoes to soldiers overseas.
Colin Kaepernick is temporarily insane.

STEVE ELSON @ 9/6/2018 7:33 AM

GOOD START. AS A RETIRED NAVY AND FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT I HAVE THE HIGHEST LIKING AND RESPECT FOR THE MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE ISSUE GOES INTO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, NOT HUNDREDS. OUR WONDERFUL LAW ENFORCEMENT HAD LOST MANY. http://nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/year.html SAYS 21,541 LOST SINCE 1791. LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION, THE US MILITARY SERVES UNDER THE SAME FLAG. WE HAVE LOST 1.1 MILLION IN WARS ACCORDING TO PBS. SIMILAR RESULTS FROM OTHER SOURCES.

THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY AND MILITARY ARE DIFFERENT COLORS, GENDERS, RELIGIONS, FAITHS, ETC. THEY ALL SERVED UNDER OUR FLAG. AND THEN A PIECE OF GARBAGE WITH WHITE PRIVILEGE (KRAPERNIK WAS ADOPTED, RAISE, AND EDUCATED BY WHITE FOLKS). GOT FIRED FROM NFL FOR WINNING ONLY 2 GAMES HIS LAST SEASON. LOOKS LIKE AN OVERWROUGHT BUSH AND IS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE. HATES A COUNTRY STUPID ENOUGH TO MAKE HIM RICH - FROM CONTRIBUTING NOTHING/ THROWING A BALL. NUTS!

kevcopaz @ 9/6/2018 9:15 AM

1) support the boycott. 2) dont burn Nike stuff donate to St. Vincent De Paul or another organization. 3) if cops work off-duty at any sporting event where NIKE advertises, quit & refuse to work it period. Put your OD $ where your mouth is or you are part of the problem. 4) PD unions around the nation should purchase bill boards and advertisement publicizing the boycott, terms like "Nike may support your feet, but Police protect your life and property, who do YOU support" or something to that effect!. (you can tell Im not in advertising lol)

STEVE ELSON @ 9/8/2018 8:38 AM

COLON KRAPPERNIKE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN WHITE PRIVILEGE, AN ADOPTEE IN A WHITE FAMILY AS A FOOTBALLER, A LOSER. LAST SEASON PLAYING, WON 2 GAMES - FIRED. TOTAL WEALTH ESTIMATED AT $20M IN 2018. FOR BEING A LOSER? LOOKS LIKE A RAPED BUSH/GRAFFITI BOARD. HATES OUR FLAG, OUR WONDERFUL LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY, OUR MILITARY. THIS IS THE US, NOT USSR/CHINA. HE DOES NOT HAVE TO LIVE HERE; HE CAN TAKE HIS TRAITOR SELF OUT. NEVER COME BACK. U.S. LOST 21,000+ NOBLE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SINCE 1791; ABOUT 1.1 MILLION MILITARY. WOUNDED ARE SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER. SO KRAPPERNIKE IDIOTS CAN BE OPENLY DISRESPECTFUL TO OUR FLAG, NOT A SYMBOL OF HOW THINGS ACTUALLY ARE BUT AN IDEAL. GO LIVE IN AFRICA. FEEL SAFE THERE? HERO FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO DIED FIGHTING FOR THIS COUNTRY – PAT TILLMAN, WINNER/SUCCESSFUL FOOTBALL PLAYER. CROSSES/STARS HOLD BODIES OF PATRIOTS WHO DIED SO SCUM LIKE YOU CAN LIVE FREE. GET OUT OF OUR COUNTRY SCUMBAG. nike SPITS/WANTONLY DISRESPECTS EVERY SINGLE GRAVE.

Jon Retired LEO @ 9/9/2018 1:07 PM

I have been having a bout of Vertigo lately and finally got it under control until I saw this a$holes face and not I have nausea all over again. I don't quite know what to watch on tv anymore so that i don't have to look at his mug ever again.

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