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KAEPERNICK SUES FOR COLLUSION
That meme doesn't pack much punch, Biggie. I don't think whoever created it is 'clear' at all.

Kaepernick is an athlete, activist and spokesperson for Nike.  He's not Nike's CFO or Director of Manufacturing or anything.

Most U.S. apparel companies have outsourced their manufacturing in order to minimize labor costs and thus maximize profits, including the Trump family.  

Therefore, if the message within that meme is to be taken seriously, anyone who works in marketing for Ivanka Trump fashions is promoting oppression in China and also a hypocrite (given MAGA's focus on manufacturing only in America).  I don't think that's a reasonable assertion either.

The Asian workers are employed and generating income due to Nike's presence there (in accordance with local/international regulations).  And, I haven't heard any claims that Nike is engaging in oppressive forced or child labor practices in Asia or anywhere else.

So, in my opinion, the message within that meme doesn't apply-to or contradict Kaepernick's work towards greater social justice and racial equality, nor does the fact that he'll likely be earning millions from the "Just Do It" endorsement and his own Nike apparel line.
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According to Fortune, Kaepernick's Nike contract stipulates for part of the money to be donated directly to Kaepernick's "Know Your Rights" charity workshops.

The charity helps youth in communities across the country to pursue higher education, self empowerment, and teaches them about proper/safe interaction with law enforcement in various scenarios. It's a good program.

I saw this today (but it's not my photo).  The print ad banner is already prominently displayed above Union Square.

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Also today, I read that the televised Kaepernick ads will debut during the NFL's opening season game.

Yesterday, Nike's stock bounced back as well.
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He is such a hero. I mean 30 years old and worth $20 million USD

https://www.celebritynetworth.com/riches...net-worth/

Sacrificing everything.

Poor guy.
I never used to finish sentences but now....
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HairOfTheDog Wrote:According to Fortune, Kaepernick's Nike contract stipulates for part of the money to be donated directly to Kaepernick's "Know Your Rights" charity workshops.


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So it's a tax write off. Brilliant.
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I haven't seen the details of Nike's 10 year contract with Kaepernick.

But, if the means by which Nike donates part of his salary directly to the Know Your Rights campaign allows for a tax-deductible write-off for Nike, that's fine by me.  I support individual and corporate write-offs/deductions for donations to charitable organizations.

I don't see Kaepernick as a hero, nor do I see him as an unpatriotic villain.  He took a risk when he decided to take a knee, and he'll live with the consequences.

I do support his efforts in regards to social justice and racial equality.  So, I'm glad to see him doing well and having an enhanced platform from which to address the problems/issues.

The NFL has the legal right not to sign him so long as there is no violation of the collective bargaining labor agreement or violation of laws.  Whether Kaepernick and his attorney can produce evidence to prove the alleged labor violation (collusion by league management and/or owners to blackball him) remains to be seen.  

It was a first step-victory for Kaepernick when the arbitrator ruled that Kaepernick has presented sufficient preliminary cause/evidence for the case to move forward.  I'm interested in seeing how it all plays out.
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It's good to see that Eric Reid is on the field again.

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He was offered a back-up position with the 49ers a few months back but ended up getting a starting position with the Panthers.

The Panthers gave Reid a one-year deal worth up to $2 million with play-time and Pro Bowl incentives.

He will earn $1 million in base salary, with $390,000 in 46-man roster bonuses for a total of $1.39 million. and then the play-time and Pro Bowl incentives.

Reid's grievance against the NFL is expected to continue.  The Panthers' general manager said the grievance had nothing to do with signing Reid.  He was instead signed because he's a great Safety and that's what the team needed.

Yesterday, Reid took a knee before the Panthers vs. Giants game.  The Panthers won, 33 to 31.  

Nike's stock has skyrocketed since the controversial Just Do It campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned by the NFL.  

Refs:
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24812...-eric-reid
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...nthem.html
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(10-08-2018, 04:34 PM)HairOfTheDog Wrote:   He was instead signed because he's a great Safety and that's what the team needed.

I'm very glad to read that.  Smiley_emoticons_smile

Peaceful protest is as American as apple pie.
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I’m glad the story also mentions that not ONE of his teammates or coaches joined him in his protest.
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(10-08-2018, 05:03 PM)Midwest Spy Wrote: I’m glad the story also mentions that not ONE of his teammates or coaches joined him in his protest.

Yeah, no other Panthers' player has ever taken a knee, according to what I read.  I think it's cool that Reid isn't being forced to conform to the rest of the team during pre-game ceremony, and vice versa.
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(10-08-2018, 05:09 PM)HairOfTheDog Wrote:
(10-08-2018, 05:03 PM)Midwest Spy Wrote: I’m glad the story also mentions that not ONE of his teammates or coaches joined him in his protest.

Yeah, no other Panthers' player has ever taken a knee, according to what I read.  I think it's cool that Reid isn't being forced to conform to the rest of the team during pre-game ceremony, and vice versa.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was raised in a military family, and has had very strong opinions about the kneeling.

I think it’s speaks to his character that he would allow Reid into his locker room under the assumption that Reid may take a knee.

On the other hand, I also read that Reid said when he was signed, that he hadn’t decided at that point whether he would kneel or not.

If he lied to Panther management and coaches, that doesn’t speak very well about his character. Again, that’s ‘if’ he was deceptive.
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I don't know Eric Reid, of course. But, he seems like a genuinely compassionate and honest person, based on what I know via interviews with him and those who do know him.

So, I'd be surprised if he lied.

Anyway, if he said that he wasn't sure in advance of being signed and Carolina signed him anyway, they weren't deceived. They decided that a good Safety was a higher priority than getting someone who was guaranteed to stand.
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