Alabama Pastor Cuts Up Nike Gear During Sermon While Congregation Cheers

Well, it looks like more people are protesting Nike by cutting up equipment they’ve already spent their hard-earned money on. Case in point: a pastor in a Mobile, AL, church cut up pieces of Nike clothing during a sermon as a form of protest and was met with cheers and a standing ovation from the church members. Ah, church—just as Jesus would have wanted it.

The pastor, Dr. Mack Morris, appears in a video on Vimeo that says it’s from the Woodridge Baptist Church. The sermon, according to the video, is titled “The Storms of Life.”

At about the 46 minute mark in the video, Morris explains to the congregation, “The first pair of jogging shoes I wore were Nike jogging shoes. That was in the early 80’s. I’ve been wearing Nike jogging shoes since 1980. I got news for you, I’ve bought my last pair of Nike shoes.”

Next, Morris removes a white Nike wristband and red headband from his pocket and cuts them both up. He throws the remnants on the floor and says, “I ain’t using that no more.” The church members respond to his actions by cheering.

The pastor goes on with his sermon saying, “Colin Kaepernick. He’s just inked a contract with Nike. Nobody knows and nobody’s telling how many multi-million dollars that is going to be simply because he does not want to stand when the national anthem is sung.”

Morris ends that portion of the sermon by declaring, “America may not be the best country in the world and we’ve got a lot of faults, but I’m telling you what, a lot of folks died for the sake of what that flag represents.” At that point, the camera pans over, showing the congregation giving the pastor a standing ovation.

This is just the latest in a series of protests over Nike choosing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of the thirtieth anniversary of their iconic “Just Do It” campaign. Kaepernick has become well-known for his policy of kneeling rather than standing during the singing of the national anthem before games. He does this as a respectful protest of police brutality, particularly against people of color.

h/t CBS News


Written by Dean Altman

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.