By ditching the NRA, companies are dividing Americans

Sam never used the corporate discounts available to him through his National Rifle Association membership. It’s not like he doesn’t love a good deal he just forgot they were available.
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A pharmaceutical salesman from suburban Cleveland, Sam says he’s never been much of an activist when it comes to leveraging his purchasing power. I am pretty pragmatic about my shopping habits, said the 40-something, who asked that his last name not be published. While I look for convenience, I will go out of my way to purchase something if I was treated well by a company.

I’m not furious, not at all. They made a business decision. I get it. They want to step out of their non-political lane and become corporate activists. I can calmly step out of my lane, too. And given every chance I get, I will not use their products, he said.

Because the bulk of corporate CEOs or PR teams for these companies live in Westchester or Los Angeles or San Francisco, they forget that many of their regular consumers who live Akron, Ohio; Westby, Wis.; or Baldwin, Mich., do not share their point of view. When you’re a national brand, you have to sell your product nationally. You can’t be ignorant of the cultural divide.

It is hard to imagine anything shaking the confidence of Mayfield, who may be the most polarizing prospect in this year’s draft. Some love him for how he played last season, throwing 43 touchdown passes and getting intercepted just six times on his way to the Heisman Trophy. Others are turned off by his brash attitude and incidents from college.
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Mayfield’s transgressions range from very serious (an arrest in February 2017 for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing) to signs of immaturity (grabbing his crotch and yelling obscenities toward the Kansas bench in November).

What you see is what you get, he said. I’m brutally honest. Some people don’t like that, because it’s rare nowadays. I used to have the mindset of worrying about everybody else’s opinions and trying to please everybody. I don’t think I’m cocky. It’s not cocky. It’s just confident. I’m not going to go in there [to an NFL team] and act like I have it all figured out.
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This week at the combine, Mayfield will be grilled by NFL teams trying to figure out whether he can be trusted to be the face of their franchises.

He has so many incidents that it’s a red flag, one NFL Byron Jones Jersey offensive coordinator said. You worry about that. If he only had one of these things, you wouldn’t worry.

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