Ford Motors comes out in support of NFL player’s right to protest.

By |2018-09-07T09:51:23-08:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |16 Comments

So I guess now the conservatives will have to start setting their trucks on fire, right?

Courtesy of CNN:

Ford, (F)a sponsor of the National Football League, has voiced support for NFL players exercising their right to free speech and peaceful protest after President Donald Trump urged fans to consider a boycott.

“We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share,” the company said on Monday. “That’s part of what makes America great.”

The company’s remarks come amid a dispute between the league and Trump, who has lashed out at players who choose to take a knee during the national anthem as a sign of silent protest over racial and social injustice.

Trump said on Friday that NFL owners should fire players who refused to stand during the National Anthem. In response, players across the country knelt during the anthem before Sunday’s games. Some violated the NFL’s policy by staying off the field completely during the playing of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Martha Firestone Ford, owner and chairwoman of the Detroit Lions and a member of the Ford family, on Sunday issued a statement criticizing President Trump for his comments.

“Our game has long provided a powerful platform for dialogue and positive change in many communities throughout our nation,” she said. “Negative and disrespectful comments suggesting otherwise are contrary to the founding principles of our country, and we do not support those comments or opinions.”

Oh man, this is really going to grind Trump’s gears! 

And if that is not enough to send him over the edge, this Nike commercial will surely do the job.

Courtesy of NYT:

The ad, called “Dream Crazy,” features Mr. Kaepernick and other star athletes in the Nike stable, including Serena Williams and LeBron James. It implores viewers to dream big, using the inspiring stories of those stars and of everyday weekend warriors who overcame illness or disability to triumph athletically.

“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” Mr. Kaepernick says over images of him watching a waving American flag projected against a building. Those words appeared in an ad that was released on Monday announcing Nike’s new partnership with Mr. Kaepernick and on a billboard of him that went up in San Francisco on Tuesday.

“Nike’s ‘Dream Crazy’ campaign will air this week during sporting events such as the U.S. Open, M.L.B. and college football in addition to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ ” Josh Benedek, a Nike spokesman, said.

I think it is pretty clear that not only is the country not with Donald Trump, but they see it as a point of pride to defy him publicly.

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  1. Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I just do not get it, the kerfuffle.

    Opposers yell, “you’re disrespecting the flag and our military!” No, they aren’t and never have been. Not even worth arguing it anymore.

    Same mindset, “you have to respect the office of the President!” Not that asshole, I don’t, go right ahead and look up my IP address and find me for being a “traitor” to my country. I’ll answer the door.

  2. 4USA September 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Americans believe in something and that is to throw trump out at all cost. Trump and enablers will be charged and convicted of TREASON.

  3. majii September 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Excellent commercial. Thanks for featuring it, Gryphen.

  4. BLM September 6, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    OT-FYI”In Vietnam, they didn’t shoot any bullets with your name on ’em. They were all sent, ‘To whom it may concern,'” Ashe said.
    “Ashe never told his brother what he did. He only told their father, Arthur Sr., a widower who raised both boys by himself. Years later, Arthur Sr. told his eldest son about his brother’s sacrifice.
    At the U.S Open on Monday, in Arthur Ashe stadium, retired Capt. Johnnie Ashe accepted a West Point flag in his family’s honor.”

  5. Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I love it! I hope the people that burned their NIKE stuff are feeling pretty foolish right about now. Way to go, NIKE!

    • Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Oh, I’m thinking they’re proud.
      “Watch me look like a fucking idiot because I am!”

  6. Anonymous September 6, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    The day we Americans can’t take a knee or anything like that to symbolize our opposition to some kind of tyranny we are no longer America. Trump is such a damned bully trying to say Nike is going to take a hit. What an asshole. Doesn’t he know that our country thrives on capitalism? And companies like Nike love it when people are talking about their stuff. It’s free publicity. I wish Trump and his kind would stop trying to make our country this place where only what white people do and say is important. This is a diverse country. To take the land away from the Native Americans the whites did their dampest to sing that song “this land is our land, this land is your land’ and now people live and die by that. Now, they wanna go all butcher bill on us? Not gonna happen. Sorry Steven Bannon. But I hear Russia is all white. Maybe you all could move there is you don’t like brown people speaking their minds.

  7. Anon September 6, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I am 64 and felt inspired by this ad. I shared it with four grandsons ages five to twelve years.
    Dream big! Dream a crazy dream!

    For foolish Trump supporters who fell for twisting taking a knee is black men who are anti America and unpatriotic Trump has a bridge to sell you.

  8. Anonymous September 7, 2018 at 1:42 am

    Alex Jones and Infowars are now permanently banned from Twitter.

    The Trump administration is goig to defy the court order on child deportation. It’s going to withdraw from the Flores Settlement Agreement of 1997. The public has 60 days to comment (LOL like that makes any difference) followed by a 45 day period before the settlement is terminated. Now you know what kind of unelected racist junta is pulling Trump’s strings. I’ll bet he doesn’t even know what he signs. They just tell hom any old shit, put it in front of him and he signs it and puts it up for show and tell while grinning for the cameras. ( I swear his smirk remind me of a toddler that’s just taken a dump in his diaper.)

  9. Anonymous September 7, 2018 at 3:08 am

    do a post on this please. He mentions a few secrets never revealed in the first minute

  10. BB September 7, 2018 at 3:27 am

    This will piss off a lot of rednecks that I know. Good for Ford!

  11. barbara carlson September 7, 2018 at 4:29 am

    So Ford Corporation stands with taking a knee —
    about time Corporations started behaving like good people,
    since they are persons under the law.

  12. Mulligan September 7, 2018 at 7:55 am

    $O Tiger?
    What team are you NOW on?
    60K a lay? -off

  13. anon September 7, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Remember This?>” it rebounded in less than a year, a move credited to the company’s prompt and aggressive reaction. In November, it reintroduced capsules but in a new, triple-sealed package, coupled with heavy price promotions and within several years, Tylenol had the highest market share for the over-the-counter analgesic in the U.S” BILLION$

  14. Anon September 7, 2018 at 8:38 am

    American businesses are in a panic over what an escalated trade war with China will do not only to consumer costs (which will affect their bottom line) but to the odds of their survival, period.

  15. anon September 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    ‘“What was Nike thinking?”

    The multi-national $34 billion retailer has “responded,” in a sense, with a 31 percent jump in sales.”

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