Nike CEO Mark Parker has slammed President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
In a statement issued to his employees, Parker spoke out against the ban, explicitly stating that he and Nike do not support the policy. “Nike stands together against bigotry and any form of discrimination,” Parker wrote. “Now more than ever, let’s stand up for our values and remain open and inclusive as a brand and as a company.”
Parker cited the four-time British Olympic gold medalist Sir Mo Farah as an example of an individual at risk of not being able to enter the United States, simply because he was born in Somalia.
“Mo has dedicated his life to competing for his adopted country,” the statement reads. “And yet, Mo fears that he may not be allowed to return from his training camp in Ethiopia to see his wife and children in Portland.” Farah, a Nike athlete, had earlier posted his concerns on his own Facebook page.
“What Mo will always have — what the entire Nike family can always count on — is the support of this company,” Parker continued. “We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every member of our family: our colleagues, our athletes and their loved ones.”
Read the full statement from Nike CEO Mark Parker below:
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- Source: The Fader