While many supporters of the former 49ers quarterback took to social media to congratulate him, some conservatives said they have had enough. Before they were angry over the protests Kaepernick launched in which players took a knee during the national anthem to call attention to police brutality and racial injustice. Now, they’re calling for a boycott of Nike for choosing him as their spokesman.
Others took their anger to a dramatic new level, threatening to destroy their own Nike items and even sharing images of the damage:
First the @NFL forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country. I chose country. Then @Nike forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive? pic.twitter.com/4CVQdTHUH4— Sean Clancy (@sclancy79) September 3, 2018
Hey #Nike . I don't wear politics or anything related to #ColinKaepernick I no longer buy 5 to 6 pairs per year of Air Monarch Black size 9 anymore either. Just do it? I did. I set my bunions free. #RemovetheSwooshpic.twitter.com/68UuGMmIaD— Twentyoz (@Twentyoz_) September 3, 2018
Others, however, only saw consumers destroying merchandise they had already paid for ― and were having a field day pointing that out:
I just wrote “NIKE” on twenty dollar bills and burned them to own the libs.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 4, 2018
The same group who pretends to care for vets, then voted for a corrupt sexual predator because he pretends care for vets, are currently destroying Nike product they purchased, products that could very well be donated to homeless vets. Makes you think, doesn’t it?— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) September 4, 2018
[extremely Fox News grandparent voice] well I certainly will not be buying any more Air Jorbans— KT NELSON (@KrangTNelson) September 4, 2018
somewhere out there there’s a conservative student athlete absolutely sobbing as he burns his nike elite socks— James (@CaucasianJames) September 4, 2018
I haven't seen nothing but outlet, discontinued, Kohl's NIKE burned. Lol https://t.co/8X1h27aJ7L— Robert Littal (@BSO) September 4, 2018
Republicans are boycotting Nike because of an ad. Some are even ripping the logo off from their clothes and are in uproar because they sponsor Colin Kaepernick. But liberals are the “snowflakes” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— Emma (@Emma_Rafter) September 4, 2018
Big mistake by Nike, they just lost the HUGE athletic racist market.— ShowerBeerTime (@ShowerBeerTime) September 4, 2018
this is the funniest picture homie really put on his nike shorts to cut off the symbol LMAO pic.twitter.com/VGv7MtVpGv— Duck (@DuckFanAccount) September 4, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.