Army Vet Hits Back at Nike’s Kaepernick Ad With ‘Just Stand’ Apparel: ‘This Is Our Stand’

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A former Army captain is standing up for the meaning of “sacrifice” following the release of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Tyler Merritt is the CEO of Nine Line Apparel, which has taken a stance against Nike’s campaign with its own “Just Stand” shirt.

“They decided to take a stance,” Merritt told “Fox & Friends.” “This is our stand.”

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Merritt told Fox News that the sacrifices made by athletes and those made by soldiers are incomparable.

“The word ‘sacrifice’ in the military members, it’s something severe,” Merritt said.

The controversial advertisement portraying Kaepernick, who first took a knee during the national anthem in 2016 against police brutality, included a slogan that read, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Merritt added that Nike’s decision to bring Kaepernick into the spotlight for its campaign lacked concern for those who find Kaepernick’s actions offensive.

Nine Line Apparel’s website reads: “To soldiers, a Nine Line symbolizes patriotism, hope, and trust in one’s countrymen.”

The first belief for Nine Line on its website reads:

Respect the flag and what it stands for. The flag represents the sacrifices made by those who have fought and died to preserve our freedom and should be honored as a sacred symbol of all we stand for.

“Actions speak louder than words,” Merritt said. “If you want to say that you’re promoting social injustice, then actually do something.”

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