Missouri college to no longer wear Nike uniforms after Kaepernick campaign

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A large billboard stands on top of a Nike store showing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Union Square, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in San Francisco. An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly […]

CLAIM: Missouri college to no longer wear Nike uniforms after Kaepernick campaign

AP’S ASSESSMENT: It’s true. The College of the Ozarks, a small Christian school in Point Lookout, Missouri, announced that its students will no longer wear Nike athletic uniforms.

THE FACTS:

The College of the Ozarks, a school that competes at the NAIA level, said it will remove all uniforms purchased from Nike the contain the brand’s logo.

It started in September 2017, when the school announced that it would walk away if the opposing team did not respect the national anthem and American flag. A month later, it began requiring freshman to take a course on patriotism.

“In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America,” said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis in a press release. 

“If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them. We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform.”

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