Kaeper­nick gets Nike to pull flag shoe

Lodi News-Sentinel - - NATION/WORLD - By Chris Pas­trick

Nike had planned on re­leas­ing a spe­cial pa­tri­otic ver­sion of its Air Max 1 shoe, which fea­tured the famed “Betsy Ross” ver­sion of the U.S. flag.

Those plans have been scrapped now, af­ter for­mer NFL quar­ter­back-turnedac­tivist Colin Kaeper­nick raised con­cerns over the flag’s con­nec­tion to a time when slav­ery was le­gal, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Wall Street Jour­nal.

The shoe was set to hit stores July 1 and re­tail for $120, but was halted, the Jour­nal re­ports, af­ter seeing ren­der­ings of the shoe’s de­sign be­fore its re­lease. Kaeper­nick, the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” 30th an­niver­sary cam­paign, had brought up that that par­tic­u­lar de­sign has been used by groups like the Pa­triot Move­ment and Iden­tity Evropa as a sym­bol of white na­tion­al­ism.

“Nike has cho­sen not to re­lease the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it fea­tured an old ver­sion of the American flag,” Nike spokesman Mark Rhodes said in a re­lease on Monday.

The flag in question was em­broi­dered on the back of the shoe, of­fi­cially dubbed the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July, and fea­tured 13 alternatin­g red and white strips, with 13 white stars in a cir­cle — to sym­bol­ize the orig­i­nal 13 U.S. colonies.

The de­ci­sion al­ready is hav­ing con­se­quences for Nike, which is plan­ning to open a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Phoenix.

NIKE

Nike will not sell these “Betsy Ross” flag shoes af­ter Colin Kaeper­nick com­plained.

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