Sporting goods store closed after withdrawal of Nike products in protest against Colin Kaepernick



A Colorado man is shutting down his sporting goods store months after he stopped selling all Nike-related products to protest the company using Colin Kaepernick as a spokesperson.

Stephen Martin, from Colorado Springs, Recount KOAA 5 NBC that he cannot pay the rent of Prime Time Sports after more than 20 years of activity.

In the fall, Martin removed all Nike products from the store shelves after the company used Kaepernick as the face of its “Just Do It” campaign.

Martin’s store sold NFL clothing for all 32 teams, but stopped selling jerseys because they were made by Nike.

“Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being a milk store without milk or a gas station without gas,” Martin said. “How do you do it? They have a monopoly on shirts.

Prime Time Sports now sells their remaining merchandise at 40% until they run out. Martin said he was helping his staff find other jobs and estimated the store would close in about a month.

This is not the first time Martin has disrupted his business because of the protesters.

In 2016, Martin canceled an autograph session at his store with Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall following Marshall’s decision to kneel during the national anthem before a game.

Martin said he did not “give in” to “big Nike and big dollars”.

“That part of the military respect that is in me just cannot be sacrificed or compromised, as I think Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick both did,” Martin said. “I don’t like losing a business because of it, but I prefer that I can live on my own.”

Martin said sales have fallen 15% over the past three years, blaming the drop on online shopping.

But Martin also gave another reason for the decline.

“As much as I hate to admit it, there are maybe more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters than I thought,” said Martin.

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