Christian actor Kevin Sorbo, known for his roles in movies like “God’s Not Dead” and “Soul Surfer,” recently poked fun at Nike over the company’s ad campaign with former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.
“I just returned a pair of Nike shoes to the store,” he wrote on Facebook. “I complained that they hurt my feet when I stand for the National Anthem.”
Nike has taken a lot of heat from conservatives since the Oregon-based brand premiered a new “Just Do It” ad starring Kaepernick, who gained attention in 2016, when he took a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness about perceived racial injustice in the country.
The College of the Ozarks, a small Christian school in Missouri, has cut its contract with Nike over the partnership and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr., is considering pulling out as well.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 5, 2018
When asked to explain why he chose to return his Nike shoes, Sorbo told CNS News the apparel company “blew it.”
“Horrible move by them to compare the millions he is still being paid by the NFL and the millions Nike [may have given] him to whine about his misfortune and how he ‘sacrificed’ everything to make a stand against police brutality when true heroes gave their lives to protect his right to whine,” he added.
Taya Kyle, widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, also rebuked Nike for using the word “sacrifice.”