Covington Rips Nike’s New Kaepernick Ad
Colby Covington hasn’t been afraid to say what’s on his mind, no matter the hate he garners from fans. And it looks like it will continue with this latest move.
Nike, a competitor to Reebok, who has an exclusivity deal with the UFC, unveiled their latest “Just Do It” ad campaign, which features former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick played several years with the San Francisco 49ers, earning an NFC Title in the process, but is best known for his on-field political action in 2016, when he took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since, and he is suing the league, accusing it of collusion to keep him out.
The Nike ad features a close up of his face and says “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Covington took to Twitter to rip the ad and Kaepernick, doing what several others have done and calling for a boycott of Nike apparel.
I grew up in Oregon and was around @Nike my whole life. It’s funny watching a company that uses child slave labor overseas to make their products all of a sudden become humanitarians. #PatTillman is an NFL/American Hero. @Kaepernick7 is just a spineless sack of shit. #NikeBoycott
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) September 4, 2018
Pat Tillman, who Covington referenced in the tweet, was a former NFL player who gave up his career to serve in the Army following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Tillman died while serving.
Covington’s comments come as no surprise, considering he is a huge supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken issue with Kaepernick and NFL players who do not stand for the anthem.
Covington’s hatred among fans has grown his name, and back at UFC 225, he defeated Rafael dos Anjos to win the interim UFC Welterweight Title. The UFC attempted to make him unify the title with champion Tyron Woodley, but Covington is unavailable due to injury. He is expected to be stripped of his interim title once the bell rings for Woodley’s welterweight title bout with Darren Till in the main event of UFC 228 on Sept. 8.
Original Story: MMA Junkie