Report: Nike Yanks Patriotic Betsy Ross Sneaker Days Before 4th of July Because Colin Kaepernick Complained

Nike has reportedly nixed the release of a patriotic sneaker featuring an image of the Betsy Ross flag on the heel because ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick found the symbol to be offensive.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49er who became infamous for kneeling during the National Anthem and for wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs, told Nike that he felt the use of the Betsy Ross flag was offensive and carried slavery connotations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Citing sources familiar to the matter, the Journal reported: “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.”

A Nike spokeswoman told the Journal: “Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag.”

The Air Max 1 USA sneaker was slated to be released on July 1 at the cost of $140 and had already been sent to retailers when Nike decided to pull them, according to the Journal.

Kaepernick, an SJW whose ostentatious kneeling antics during the National Anthem turned every NFL game into a racially divisive battleground, became the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign in September of 2018, leading Nike’s stock to initially fall more than three percent, before online sales increased.

The failed quarterback’s insipid, ahistorical musings about the American flag apparently impressed the corporate bigwigs at Nike.

Most conservatives, like former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, however, were appalled by Nike’s decision to yank the patriotic sneaker mere days before the 4th of July.

President Trump, who has repeatedly blasted NFL players for kneeling during the National anthem, has not yet weighed in on Nike’s decision to nix the Betsy Ross sneaker.

About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

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