A former U.S. Marine, Jesse Kelly, ripped Nike for touting former quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s bravery despite making millions of dollars.
Kelly made the comments on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Friday night.
“You are right, Colin Kaepernick is just a guy. He’s an employee who violated the one rule of every employee in the country and that’s make sure your talent outweighs your baggage and he didn’t. He declared America to be racist. When you add in the fact that he read defenses like Helen Keller, he is out of the NFL,” Kelly stated. (RELATED: Barstool Sports Founder Applauds Nike’s Kaepernick Ad: ‘As A Shareholder, I Like The Move’)
“That’s pretty funny. But wait, I don’t think you are giving him his due. Nike told us he is the bravest person in human history — certainly American history. You served the United States Marine Corps in combat. Did you ever meet anyone as brave as Colin Kaepernick?” Carlson responded.
Kelly added, “I will tell you all the brothers in arms that I serve with, none of them had the bravery to make $39 million in the NFL and then move on to get paid by one of the biggest shoe brands in the world. I have to tell you, I think he should get some sort of medal of honor, whatever civilians can make.” (RELATED: Athletes Celebrate Nike’s Campaign Featuring Colin Kaepernick)
Nike decided to feature Kaepernick as a part of its 30-year anniversary of the “Just Do It” slogan.