Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey withdrew financial incentives previously promised to Nike after it kowtowed to “offended” former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and pulled “The Betsy Ross Flag” shoe from store shelves. Ducey tweeted: “Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.” According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Nike will lose about $1 million in planning fees and about $4,000 per full-time employee, who will now no longer be hired. Corporate America clearly won’t see the light until they feel the heat.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
On Tuesday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, announced that the state would be withdrawing financial incentives promised to Nike over the company dropping an American flag-style shoe, reportedly at the behest of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“The Betsy Ross Flag” edition shoe was kicked to the curb by the athletic gear giant after Kaepernick complained about the new sneakers, allegedly calling them “offensive.” The former QB, who famously took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games, claiming to protest police brutality and racial injustices, signed a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Nike last year.
“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Gov. Ducey posted in a string of tweets on Tuesday morning. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company.