College of the Ozarks has announced that their volleyball team is not going to wear their Nike jerseys and will replace them with grey T-shirts as a response to Nike’s new ad campaign that included Colin Kaepernick.
“In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America. 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,” President Jerry C. Davis said in a statement.
“Nike is free to campaign as it sees fit, as the College is free, and honor-bound by its mission and goals, to ensure that it respects our country and those who truly served and sacrificed,” Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions, said in response to Jerry’s statement.
The College of the Ozarks has done boycotts like this one in the past. In 2017, they changed their policies, adding that all students must stand for the national anthem. The college also didn’t participate in hosting the NAIA Division II basketball tournament because the league didn’t guarantee that all players would stand for the national anthem.