Facebook, Nike, and (at least some of) the Truth

Posted by admin - 06/09/18 at 03:09 pm

(originally posted on Facebook here)

This is not a political post, it’s just a post for people who love to post on Facebook, but apparently don’t have Google.

– Michael Jordan is not leaving Nike and taking “Air Jordan” with him. The University of Alabama did not cancel their contract with Nike, nor did the federal government.

– Nike stock plummeted on Tuesday. It’s risen slightly over the past two days.

– Colin Kaepernick was not benched as an NFL quarterback. He was injured to start his last season with the 49ers but came back to start the last eleven games of the season for San Francisco in 2016.

– Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem came after a discussion with former Green Beret and Texas Longhorn football player Nate Boyer, who originally published an open letter to him after Kaepernick sat during the anthem in preseason. He reached out to Boyer and later met with him before a game, and Boyer suggested kneeling as a peaceful protest.

– Tim Tebow did not kneel during the national anthem.

– The widow of Chris Kyle has spoken out against Nike’s ad campaign. The widow of Pat Tillman has said in the past she didn’t want anyone to politicize her husband’s death, and his biographer has stated he feels that Tillman would sympathize with Kaepernick.

None of these are debatable, nor are they political statements. These are actual things that did or didn’t happen. Posting a meme, or a rant, or a link to a clickbait website does not change these verifiable events.

As wiser men than I have said before, you are certainly entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own truth. So think whatever you’d like about this whole situation, but please don’t rely on false information to back it up. If you see something on a questionable, non-journalistic website, Google it. Or if you think Google is the devil, Bing it. Yahoo it. Dogpile it. Ask a friend, whatever it takes. But just because you agree with something, don’t automatically assume it’s true and spread false information.

For those of you who wonder why I’m not on FB that often anymore, this is a good reason. #FakeNews

— Reid

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