Nike pulls 'Betsy Ross flag' sneaker reportedly because Kaepernick complained

The shoe's heel has a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag

July 02, 2019 - 9:18 am
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NEW YORK (KMOX/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.

Sen. Josh Hawley from Missouri shared his opinion of the move by Nike with a series of tweets, 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.