Nike Pulls ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Says it was Offensive
July 2, 2019 11:27AM EDT
Nike Pulls Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Says It Was Offensive A new Nike sneaker that celebrates Independence Day has been pulled from stores after Colin Kaepernick called out the design as possibly offensive. The limited edition Air Max 1 featured the “Betsy Ross flag” on its heel, which was flown before slavery was abolished in the US. The former NFL quarterback turned activist, who is the face of the apparel giant’s “Just Do It” campaign, reached out to the company to express concerns, reports the Wall Street Journal. Stores were asked to return any pairs on shelves and Nike had pulled them from its website, announcing in a statement that they will not release the shoes, “as it featured an old version of the American flag.” What do you think of Nike’s decision?