Nike pulls 'Betsy Ross flag' sneakers after Colin Kaepernick claims they're offensive

The Marc Cox Morning Show
July 01, 2019 - 7:12 pm

NEW YORK (KFTK/AP) - Nike is pulling a flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The shoe's heel has a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag. Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the Journal said that Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, told the company he and others found the flag symbol offensive because of its connection to slavery.

#Soapbox: I’m DONE with Nike

The Betsy Ross flag flew over our capital from 1777-1795. The flag honors the founding of our nation, our independence from the crown. It also honors the hundreds of thousands of AMERICANS who died fighting to end slavery. I’m done with Nike. - Marc

Sen. Josh Hawley from Missouri shared his opinon of the move by Nike with a series of tweet, calling them "anti-American." 

Hawley also suggests Nike should put the shoes back into production and use the facility in St. Charles to make them. 

Despite Nike’s issued recall, the shoe has appeared on resale websites. Sneaker marketplace StockX is carrying the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July and some bidders have paid as much as $2,500 for a pair. Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July originally appeared on StockX last week.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey lashed out at Nike over Twitter, saying that he is asking the state's Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentives for the company to locate there. 

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