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Rep. Zeldin, Pete Hegseth among those calling for Nike to use Pat Tillman, not Kaepernick, in ads

September 04, 2018 - 4:36 pm

By David Caplan

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Long Island's Rep. Lee Zeldin and Fox News co-host and army vet Pete Hegseth are among those slamming Nike's decision to renegotiate and extend its contract for several years with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick -- and suggesting Nike instead turn its attention to Pat Tillman.

Tillman was an NFL player who left the league to enlist in the army in 2002. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

Kaepernick was among the first athletes to kneel during the national anthem, which led to a national movement. 

"Pat Tillman would have been a better choice for @Nike's new "Just Do It" promotion," Zeldin tweeted Monday. "Pick a former NFL player and Army Ranger who died for our flag and national anthem rather than @Kaepernick7, a former NFL player who protested it."

Hegseth on Tuesday tweeted an image of a fictious Nike ad with the same slogan used in Kaepernick ads -- "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. -- and opposing black-and-white photos of Tillam in his football and NFL uniforms.\

"Try this one on for size, @Nike," tweeted Hegseth, a veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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And in an earlier tweet, Hegseth tweeted, "Why do all these companies — @nike, @espn, @netflix, etc — get political? It’s so dumb. Americans want to be entertained by athletes & actors — not preached at about “social justice."