PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety tweeted a response to Nike's ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
On Wednesday night, Col. Frank Milstead tweeted out an image of slain DPS Trooper Tyler Edenhofer with the words, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."
I’m often amazed, but really surprised. I won’t mention your name, I refuse. If you’re in search of those who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice I would look to the men and women who wear a uniform and are killed/murdered keeping us safe & protecting those who can’t protect themselves. pic.twitter.com/fD5kYhMhmq— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) September 6, 2018
Trooper Edenhofer died after being shot on July 25 during a roadside confrontation with a suspect on Interstate 10. Edenhofer was in the last week of his training when he was shot.
The words in Milstead's tweet are the same that appear Nike's new ad campaign with Kaepernick.
Also on Wednesday, Kaepernick tweeted out a video featuring fellow athletes Serena Williams and LeBron James that is part of the new Nike "Just Do It" campaign.
The video will also be shown during the regular-season debut of "Thursday Night Football."
President Donald Trump has been highly critical of the new ad campaign, saying Nike is getting "killed" over its endorsement deal with Kaepernick.
Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Kaepernick last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He has since filed a grievance against the NFL, claiming NFL owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice.