Just ahead of the Fourth of July, Nike has dropped a Betsy Ross-themed patriotic sneaker…because former San Francisco 49ers anthem kneeler Colin Kaepernick whined about them. The shoe, called the Air Max 1 USA, had already been shipped to retailers according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, but Kaepernick’s offense over the “racist” Betsy Ross flag-you know, with its slavery connotations-was enough to have the company pull the entire line of $140 sneakers with a whitewashed excuse, claiming they “featured the old version of the American flag.” In short, Lefty Kaepernick ordered Nike to just NOT do it.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Just don’t do it.
That was the message ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick delivered to Nike over the planned release of a USA-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag on the heel, according to a report.
Nike nixed the released of the Air Max 1 USA after having already sent the sneakers to retailers because the protesting quarterback said he felt the use of the Betsy Ross flag was offensive and carried slavery connotations, sources told The Wall Street Journal.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal’s report stated: “After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery.”