This is perfectly understandable. Why would any law enforcement agency want to be associated with Colin Kaepernick? He once wore socks (see the image above) which depicted police officers as pigs.
Nike can do what it wants, but that doesn’t mean people have to embrace it. They knew this was going to be a controversial decision and they can deal with the fallout.
The Hill reports:
Mississippi law enforcement agency says it will no longer buy Nike brand following Kaepernick ad
Mississippi’s public safety commissioner said on Saturday that it will no longer buy products from Nike in response to its new “Just Do It” ad campaign featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“As commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, I will not support vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military,” Commissioner Marshall Fisher told The Associated Press.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) also expressed support for the move in a statement to the AP.
“I support the commissioner’s decision,” Bryant said, adding that the commissioner has the right to choose from which brands his department buys. “[A]nd it’s not going to be a company that pays an individual who has slandered our fine men and women in law enforcement,” he said.
The ACLU attacked the decision, naturally:
Fisher has drawn criticism for the move, however, with the Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union slamming the decision in a statement on Twitter.
“These are the people that are representing all Mississippians,” the ACLU chapter’s Twitter account wrote. “These are the people that are creating policy that impact all of our lives. These are the people that took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Yet they refuse to understand what equality, justice, and accountability means. This petty decision is just another show of racism, discrimination, stupidity, inequity, and divisive politics.”
So the police are being divisive but not the NFL players who kneel during our national anthem? Please.