Nike is one of the best sport apparel provides in the world. Nike has been the leader in sports technology and innovation that has produced some of the best sports products available on the market today. They are able to produce sports equipment and uniforms for every sport that is played across the globe. Nike’s global presence can be seen at every major sporting even through advertisements, commercials, endorsers, and team apparel. This got me thinking about how the knowledge of Nike’s use of childhood labor to produce their products affected the Athletes that ware Nike’s products.
Knowing that Nike has had this black mark on their history has it stopped you from wearing their products? I can remember being questioned about this by people in my classes in school and having to tell them that I was still going to wear Nike. Though I was scrutinized for my decisions, I thought to my self was I really supporting Nike in their international child labor factories. I had many other team mates that still wore Nike and still do today. I prefer Nike over other sports equipment providers when participating in sporting events.
Something that I found very interesting in the Nike case was that they quoted some college students and even a soccer coach, but did not quote any athletes college of professional. The soccer coach did quit his job because he did not believe that it was right for him to be a “billboard” for company that engages is these acts. I am wondering what the athletes were thinking about when they found out what Nike was doing over seas. It would appear that while the entire country was outraged sport athletes still wore Nike products because they preferred them over the other sports apparel providers. Professional athletes have more than enough money to buy other sports equipment, but still chose to wear Nike. There were celebrities that jumped on the band wagon of protests but Athletes seemed to sit on the side line silent because they needed Nike’s product to perform on the field. Do you agree with athletes in this situation?