Ex-Lobo Kirk’s message to Nike boycotters: Donate gear

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Former UNM Lobo Alex Kirk of Los Alamos, center, is shown in action during a 2015 NBA summer league basketball game. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal

Alex Kirk just did it.

Or just tweeted about it, anyway.

The former University of New Mexico Lobo basketball star, and Los Alamos High graduate, took to social media on Tuesday to offer up a constructive suggestion in the wake of the Colin Kaepernick/Nike ad controversy.

On Tuesday from Tokyo, where Kirk is in his second season playing professional basketball, Kirk tweeted the following:

“Are any of my followers burning their Nike gear? Contact @AK53Foundation and we will give it to kids that need it in northern New Mexico that need it! Then I will unfollow you and wish you a good life. Thanks”

The tweet had attached to it a link to Kaepernick’s tweet that included the Nike advertisement image of Kaepernick with the text of the tweet stating: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt”

Are any of my followers burning their Nike gear? Contact @AK53Foundation and we will give it to kids that need it in northern New Mexico that need it! Then I will unfollow you and wish you a good life. Thanks https://t.co/yoU5AuUMoC

— Alex Kirk (@kingkirk53) September 5, 2018

Kirk founded the Alex Kirk Foundation several years ago after his rookie season in the NBA and runs youth basketball camps and provides other programs and activities for youth in northern New Mexico.

The foundation’s mission statement (www.alexkirkfoundation.com) reads: “To raise awareness in our communities, families, schools & local agencies to foster the recognition & growth of physical activity for boys & girls.”

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