Former NHL player David Booth rips Colin Kaepernick Nike ad

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David Booth has some scorching takes on Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ad. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
David Booth has some scorching takes on Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ad. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Just because you have the right to your opinion doesn’t mean you should always share them with the world.

Apparently David Booth isn’t about that life.

Instead, the former NHL forward decided late Wednesday night to send the following tweet to his almost 60,000 Twitter followers:


David, no! Put the phone down. Log off.

Although Booth isn’t currently employed by an NHL team — he suited up in 28 games for the Red Wings last season — there’s no good reason to hit send on such an asinine and misguided take.

Even if you have an issue with Nike’s innocuous and inspiring slogan, making the galactic leap to suggesting, logically, it condones flying a plane into a building is next-level crazy. Sure, maybe if you strip this slogan of all context and twist it to fit your toxic world view, it could mean anything you want. But that’s not what this is. It’s a simple ad supporting an athlete who quietly, and legally, exercised his right to protest the unchecked murders of innocent minorities at the hands of the police who has since been blackballed by the NFL and publicly made out to be an anti-American enemy by the President of the United States and his legion of followers.

But Booth, a devout Christian, apparently can’t seem to grasp why anyone would be against murdering innocent civilians and doubled down with the following tweet, asking what Kaepernick actually sacrificed.


Money isn’t everything, but sacrificing an athletic career in your prime that you worked your entire life to achieve, something you would think Booth could understand, is not nothing. Not to mention the constant death threats he’s surely been getting on the daily for the last two years.

Booth then spent the rest of the evening going back and forth with the folks all up in his mentions,  offering up well-thought out counter-arguments like this.


And clearly demonstrating his grasp on the subject with predictably inane comments like this:


Sifting through the mentions, it turns out that Booth definitely, 100 percent doesn’t have a problem with Kaepernick, he just didn’t like the subjective phrasing of the ad. Booth addressed this point on TSN’s Landsberg in the Morning on Thursday, this time using the example of a bullied kid bringing a gun to shoot up his school to hammer home the point that “words have meaning.”


It’s clear Booth’s post-hockey life won’t include a career in marketing, but the 33-year-old might want to scrub this bad brain-stream from the Internet before he jumps back into the job market.


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