Kaepernick no hero but neither is Donald Trump

Please, just make President Donald Trump go away! He was the unseen presence at the Sen. John McCain funeral, and now he’s the éminence grise behind Nike’s Colin Kaepernick deal (“Mad at Nike for its Colin Kaepernick ads? Blame Donald Trump,” Sept. 4). Soon, this athlete will represent the company’s “Just Do It” campaign’s 30th anniversary. Perhaps Under Armour can sign up President Trump in retaliation. (Just joking.)

I’m no football fan — in fact, most professional sports bore me. Nevertheless, I was aware of Mr. Kaepernick and the ways he disrespected the national anthem to highlight African-American issues. As a protester myself, I’m grateful it’s a right we enjoy in the United States, but venue consideration is important. In my opinion, using a worldwide televised football game demonstrated poor choice.

There are many things I don’t like about this country, but I’d never want to live elsewhere. Mr. Kaepernick exercised his First Amendment rights and reaped a whirlwind. HIs proclamation, “Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything” will be Nike’s new slogan, and I find it ironic. Thanks to Nike’s multi-million dollar deal, Colin Kaepernick’s “sacrifice” is now a fabulous payday.

I think Nike made a dreadful error, and I’ll never buy their products again. It’s fine to protest, but to disrespect “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a song that represents our country, demonstrates unacceptable contempt.

Roz Heid, Baltimore

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