Rudy Gobert takes a shot at those burning their Nike items
Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert is on a different level when talking about his defense on the basketball court. With the physical tools and defensive IQ to back things up, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year can really be a handful for opposing teams.
Apparently, being a defender is not just an on-court persona for the Frenchman, being someone who defends is just who he is.
Lately, Robert took to Twitter reacting to a video where people were burning their Nike merchandise in protest to the brand’s latest campaign with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
How about giving them to the thousands of homeless veterans you pretend to care about? https://t.co/6m2jj6FBZf
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) September 5, 2018
Mired in the middle of controversy, Kaepernick was labeled as unpatriotic as he knelt during national anthems to protest police brutality.
The sad truth is not about the amount of Nike’s that were burned nor the possible dip in sales for Nike, but the amount of good merchandise that was destroyed that could have been used by countless homeless veterans.
On the court, you cannot miss Rudy Gobert’s massive size, but it is well-known fact that the Jazz center has a bigger heart for off-court concerns. As the situation continues, expect Gobert to be in the frontline of the issue at hand.
Moreover, this may turn out to be a catalyst for more professional athletes to start chiming in on the concern. Time will tell if things will unfold for better or worse.
Last season, the defensive stalwart averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 2.2 blocks per game.