SAU Buzz

Student on the Street

by Charles Hanley
Posted on Oct 04, 2018

Person on the street question: What are your thoughts on Colin Kaepernick and Nike?

Claire Maloney (Sophomore): “I didn’t really agree with Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem but he does have a right to say what he wants. I think at the end of the day, people are entitled to their own opinion.”


Cole Carmichael (Sophomore): “I think this is an issue that is blown way out of proportion. Colin Kaepernick was making a protest for what he believed in. Yes, it wasn’t the best way, but it worked. Nike is using his story to make ads. Nike is put under scrutiny for it, but what isn’t these days? The advertisement barely shows Colin. As a matter of fact, the ad starts off with a skater. It’s a fairly good ad. Nike will not be hurt by this. In fact, they have the highest stock price they’ve ever had. Even if you cut the Nike logo off of Nike clothes, you’re still wearing Nike.”


Kyle Sellers (Sophomore): “He is standing up for what he believes, and that’s typically what the flag stands for: the right to believe in what you want in this country and the right to be able to state your opinion. Nike is obviously supporting him in his right to do so and I think that’s pretty cool.”


Joshua Reid (Sophomore): “As far as Kaepernick, I know he was the 49ers QB. I also know that he was in peaceful protest kneeling during the national anthem over unfairness in America in hopes of a change. As a result of kneeling, he lost his job as a QB in the NFL. He was willing to sacrifice his job for the minorities of America and the black community. Him being the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign is great. Kaepernick deserves to be a part of every sports brand.”