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After Nike Kaepernick Ad Outrage, Social Media Focuses on Pat Tillman

Nike is in hot water after launching their highly controversial ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. Colin is now the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary of the ‘Just Do It’ campaign, but others on social media suggest former NFL player Pat Tillman would have strongly opposed players taking a knee. Tillman walked away from millions of dollars and the NFL to become an Army Ranger when he was tragically killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

Tillman was lauded as a war hero, and his family was not told of the facts behind his death until after a televised memorial service. This was despite senior Army officials during the Bush years knowing the details well in advance of the service.

After learning how terrible the circumstances of his death are, Tillman’s widow and parents criticized the Army publicly for how the situation was handled.

Pundits weighed in on social media, including Fox commentator Stephen Miller, saying that Tillman sacrificed far more than Kaepernick.

The movement to promote and honor Tillman instead of Kaepernick is going viral:

https://twitter.com/msuhajda/status/1036981779255754752

https://twitter.com/JessicaRClark28/status/1036981574624010240

As this documentary for NFL Films shows, Pat Tillman was an impressive football player and role model for his teammates.

In 2017, Tillman’s widow released a statement, noting her husband’s unifying, patriotic message: “As a football player and soldier, Pat inspired countless Americans to unify,” Tillman said. “It is my hope that his memory should always remind people that we must come together. Those that serve fight for the American ideals of freedom, justice, and democracy. They and their families know the cost of that fight. I know the very personal costs in a way I feel acutely every day.”

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