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Mississippi’s public protection commissioner mentioned the state company, which incorporates state police, will not be allowed to buy Nike merchandise following the Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
“As commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, I will not support vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military,” Commissioner Marshall Fisher said in a statement.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant supported the commissioner’s decision, saying in a statement that Fisher has the right to deny business “with a company that pays an individual who has slandered our fine men and women in law enforcement.”
The department has bought shoes, shirts and tactical training uniforms from Nike in the past, according to department spokesperson Warren Strain.
Mississippi’s Department of Public Safety includes the state Highway Patrol, Bureau of Narcotics, Bureau of Investigation, Office of Homeland Security, Crime Lab and Medical Examiner.
Mississippi’s Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher, shown in a file photo here, says the state’s Highway Patrol troopers will no longer be allowed to purchase Nike products. (Photo: The Clarion-Ledger)
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Former NFL quarterback Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the national anthem to protest social inequality and police brutality. He started a movement that triggered hundreds of NFL players to kneel at football games. Last year, he filed a collusion grievance against NFL league owners.
Kaepernick’s decision to kneel and his new presence in Nike’s ad has drawn criticism from some, including President Donald Trump. But customers seem drawn to the campaign, as Nike stock surged over 30 percent following the controversial ad.
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