Nike was scheduled to release a sneaker that featured the American Flag embroidered on it for the 4th of July holiday but it appears that is no longer the case.
An article on the Daily Beast has the headline: Nike Pulls Sneaker With ‘Betsy Ross’ Version of U.S. Flag After Colin Kaepernick Expressed Concern.
The article goes on to state that, “the Air Max 1 USA, reportedly created to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, featured an embroidered 1770s “Betsy Ross” flag with 13 stars to represent the original colonies.
The design was slated to go on sale this week, but the company reportedly asked stores to return the shoes with no explanation. Sources told the Journal that Kaepernick reached out after seeing images of the shoes online, and said he and others thought the flag was an “offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery.”
It seems that Nike decided it would be better to take a knee on the release of rather than arouse the activist.
But don’t cry for Nike. These shoes will somehow make their way to the interweb and due to the controversy surrounding the shoe will go for an exorbitant sum.
As for Kaep, who knew he had that kind of clout.
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