According to the Governor’s office, Bryant backs Department of Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher’s decision to part ways with Nike as a vendor for gear for the state’s law enforcement officers.
“I support the Commissioner’s decision. He has a right to determine what vendors DPS does business with, and it’s not going to be with a company that pays an individual who has slandered our fine men and women in law enforcement.”
Nike recently released a 30th anniversary campaign around their slogan “Just do it”. The company chose to use Colin Kaepernick’s protest of kneeling during the national anthem to shed light on the issue of rational injustice, specifically police brutality. Backlash ensued nationally among law enforcement and some military suggesting the silent protest was ‘unpatriotic’. Others, including military personnel say they might not agree with Kaepernick’s methods but they fought in order to defend individual personal liberty.
After an initial slump on the stockmarket, Nike’s online sales are up by 30% and stock closed Monday at $83.26 on the NYSE.