Nike Yanks Betsy Ross Flag Sneakers After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes
Nike Yanks Betsy Ross Flag Sneakers After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes.Nike made Kaepernick the face of a massive ad campaign last year.
The Wall Street Journal announced that Nike Inc. had released the July 4th shoes with a “Betsy Ross flag” in stores after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained that the company was not use a symbol that he and others consider offensive
The Air Max 1 USA was designed as a celebration of the Independence Day of the United States, with a flag showing 13 white stars in a circle on the heel. The design was created during the revolution and is often called the Betsy Ross flag.
“Nike has chosen not to launch on July 4, because it presented an old version of the American flag,” said company spokesman Mark Rhodes on Monday in an email.
This is the second time in two weeks that the company must remove its shoes from its political concerns. Last week, Nike withdrew a line of limited edition shoes from China after the Japanese designer who inspired them published his support for the Hong Kong protests against a draft law on extradition.
Nike Yanks Betsy Ross Flag Sneakers update
Nike has asked traders to return the shoes, without specifying why, the newspaper reported, citing people they have not identified. According to the newspaper, the shoes are not available on the company’s applications or websites.
Kaepernick, who claims Nike’s products, contacted the company after posting his shoes online and said the flag was an offending symbol because of its connection to the era of slavery, the newspaper said.
The former 49ers quarterback has not played since 2016, when he began kneeling at the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Last year, Nike opposed Kaepernick to an advertising campaign when it was in conflict with the league. Last week, Nike announced that its quarterly sales rose 4% to $ 10.2 billion.