I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a post shared by Nicekicks in regards to an upcoming pair of Ja Morant’s signature shoes-No Smoke Nike Ja 1. Apparently the shoe bore one of the guard’s famous saying” we ain’t ducking no smoke” that Nike decided to cover with Morant’s signature. As you all know , over the Summer, Ja became the poster boy for your typical suburban kid desperately seeking some streets creds with his guns gimmicks that amused the masses.
What really bothers me about this whole situation with the No Smoke Nike Ja 1 is the display of duplicity and double standards by Nike. Had that been a quote that went along the LGBTQ agenda i.e ” We’re celebrating pride” or even a BLM slogan, Nike would have never even toyed with the idea of removing it, but because this is involving guns, they are so quick to dismiss it in order to appear angelic before the crowd or shall I say before the snowflakes who sit on the judgement seat. This is certainly a microcosm of the society we’re living in where the fear of man will always proved to be a snare as Proverbs 29:25 declares,
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
Ja clearly has no power to do anything about it because he is a Swoosh brand signee and his fear of losing what is commonly called generational wealth has led him to accept the status quo and “chicken out” under the pressure.
I want to clarify that I do not endorse the misuse of guns, nor do I support the LGBTQ or BLM movements. However, I do believe in freedom of expression, provided it aligns with absolute truth. I explored this topic in a post a couple of years ago (see the article below).
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