Missouri College Drops Nike Over Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign

A Missouri college is parting ways with Nike. This week, College of the Ozarks announced that they will be dropping Nike as an apparel sponsor over the company’s decision to use former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in their 30th-anniversary ad campaign.

The school which is located in Point Lookout, Missouri, has around 1,400 students.

College of the Ozarks is all up in its feelings so they won’t be using any apparel that displays the Nike swoosh moving forward.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

As a result, the College of the Ozarks, a small Christian institution in rural Missouri, announced that it would get rid of all athletic uniforms that had been purchased from Nike and anything else that displays the Nike “swoosh” logo, according to a news release.

The college revised its sports contracts in October 2017, adding a stipulation that all participating coaches and players “show respect for the American flag and national anthem,” the release said.

“If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them,” the college’s president, Jerry C. Davis, said in a written statement. “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.”

College of the Ozarks plays collegiate sports at the NAIA level.

And they really don’t like Kaepernick.

Last year, the school made an announcement that they would not play any opponent who had players kneeling during the national anthem. But it’s no big loss, because College of the Ozarks isn’t exactly a school you schedule to boost your strength of schedule.