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Nike Seems Okay With Protests Against Police, But Not In Support Of Them

Nike just recently stirred a lot of controversy by hiring Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49er, to be the face of their company. Kaepernick protested police brutality and systemic racism right on the football field by refusing to stand for the national anthem before games. To some, Kaepernick has become a hero. To others, he's an attention-seeking celebrity at best, and offensive at worst.

While Nike seems okay in supporting Kaepernick's right to protest, it looks like at least one store was not as sympathetic to a man who supported police.

Jimmie Cavin of Little Rock, Arkansas disagreed with Kaepernick's 'peaceful protests' against police. He figured since Nike liked protests so much, he would stage a little peaceful protest in favor of police in front of the Nike store in his town.

After all, Nike's campaign ad that stars Kaepernick reads, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything."

"Now what better place to wave the flag than right here in front of the Nike store," Cavin said in a video of his protest.

Cavin parked right in front of the store, sat on his truck's tailgate, and quietly waved a thin blue line flag-- a flag in support of police. Cavin later explained that he was not causing trouble.

"This was what I was doing.....That’s it...I pulled in the parking space...Got out...Dropped the tailgate...Sat on it...And waved the flag...That’s it," he wrote on a social media post, along with a video of his protests. "I didn’t approach the store...I didn’t talk to any employees...I didn’t talk to any customers going in & out of the store...I just sat on the tailgate waving the flag......And the store Manager called the Police."

Cavin was a little shocked when only 15 minutes after he arrived, a police officer showed up. The manager of the Nike store called the police. "So, Nike called the police on the guy supporting the police for supporting the police," Cavin told KLRT.

Cavin said he talked to the officer for a bit. The officer quickly realized the protester wasn't doing anything wrong, and left. But Cavin wonders.

"Now everyone think about something for me," he wrote on his Facebook post. "If I was doing the Same Thing only I was waving a Anti-Police flag in front of a business & it’s manager called the Police then what do you bet it would be National News ?? What do you bet ???"

Cavin isn't the only person who disagrees with Nike's choice of spokesperson. For many, it's not even that Kaepernick was chosen for the ad campaign, but that the campaign is trying to make his deeds sound heroic. Many feel there is nothing heroic in spreading false information about police brutality and supporting anti-police groups.

Even though the Nike store manager called police on Cavin, a spokesperson for the athletic gear company told KLRT that the company respects everyone's right to protest.

They’re going to get their wish. Many former Nike fans have protested Nike's choice by burning their merchandise and refusing to buy anything else with the product's name on it. Blue Lives Matter, a group that supports police, has called for a Nike boycott.

Source: Defense Maven
Photos: Fox News Video Screenshots

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