'You Got This One Wrong': Letter to Nike From Widow of Fallen Officer Goes Viral
'Sacrificing everything' does not apply to Kaepernick.
The widow of an Arizona police officer slammed Nike Monday on "Fox & Friends" for choosing to feature Colin Kaepernick in its newest ad campaign.
Sherry Graham-Potter's husband, Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Graham, was killed in 2005 when a vehicle struck him as he fought to subdue a suspect along a highway.
After seeing the new Nike ads last week, including one that celebrates Kaepernick's "sacrifice," Potter took to Facebook to share her thoughts.
Colin Kapernick has the absolute right to protest anything he damn well pleases. I don’t dispute that for one second. My father, my husband and many, many friends have all served this country and were willing to fight for his right to kneel.
But that right goes both ways. I also have a right to express my disgust at your decision to portray him as some kind of hero. What, exactly has Colin Kapernick sacrificed? His multi million dollar paycheck…? Nope, you already gave him one of those. His reputation? No, he’s been fawned over by celebrities and media alike. Funny, Tim Tebow was never called courageous when he knelt.
This man, whose contempt for law enforcement fits him like a…sock, has promoted an agenda that has been proven false time and time again, in study after study. But facts don’t seem to matter anymore. This man has thrown his support behind divisive anti-police groups, and donated money directly to a fugitive from justice who escaped prison after killing a police officer. I question the judgement of anyone who would put someone this controversial and divisive at the head of an advertising campaign, but it isn’t my company to run.
Potter explained that after her husband's death, she coped with her grief by running and always wore a black Nike hat. She told Steve Doocy Monday that the hat came to symbolize her family's "rise from the ashes" after her husband's death.
"I don’t know if I’ll have the heart to ever get rid of this cap, but I will tell you this, I’ll never purchase another Nike product as long as I live. You got this one wrong Nike, terribly, terribly wrong," she wrote in the post.
Potter said she was motivated to express her anger by Nike's "unwise" word choice in the Kaepernick ad.
"Those words, sacrificing everything, in that particular instance just do not apply," she said.
Watch the full interview above.