College Of The Ozarks Drops Nike Over Ad Campaign

College of the Ozarks has dropped its support for Nike brands after its ad using Colin Kaepernick as a spokesman.

The college says its athletes will no longer wear Nike uniforms or emblems.

Kaepernick started a national debate when he refused to stand for the National Anthem at NFL games.

College of the Ozarks requires all teams to stand for the anthem.

In October 2017, it asked the NAIA to move the Division II men’s basketball tournament to another location over the anthem debate.

The tournament had long been held at College of the Ozarks.

"In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrepect toward America," said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis. "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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