Nike Pulls Betsy Ross Flag Shoes After Kaepernick Complains That They're Racist

The Air Max 1 USA, which was created in honor of Independence Day, featured an early version of the U.S. flag.

Beaverton, OR – Nike has opted to nix the release of a U.S.A.-themed sneaker after ex-NFL quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick declared that the Betsy Ross flag featured on the shoe’s heel was offensive.

The Air Max 1 USA, which was created in honor of Independence Day, was supposed to be released to the public during the Fourth of July holiday week, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The sneaker featured an early version of the American flag – known as the Betsy Ross flag – on the heels.

The American Revolution-era flag design dates back to the 1770s, and has a circle of 13 stars and stripes representing the original 13 colonies.

Nike posted images of the sneakers online ahead of their scheduled release, and had already shipped the shoes to retailers, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Meanwhile, Kaepernick saw photos of the sneakers and contacted the company to complain about the Betsy Ross flag design.

The ex-quarterback alleged that it was offensive to use a symbol that stemmed back to an era of slavery in the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The company abruptly asked merchants to return the shipments of $140 shoes, but provided no explanation as to why.

“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,” a Nike spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal.

Joseph Murphy, a retired police officer who now runs patriotic apparel company Warrior 12, incorporates the flag in many of the company's shirt designs.

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DISCLOSURE: Warrior 12 produces official Blue Lives Matter shirts and gear and the proceeds go to support Blue Lives Matter.

"There's nothing racist about this flag," Murphy explained. "The problem is that racial identitarians like Kaepernick tend to see everything through the lens of racism."

"It's getting to the point where any American who is proud of their country is being viewed as racist. It's madness," Murphy added.

"Unlike Nike, we're not going to cater to these race-obsessed wackjobs," Murphy concluded.

Kaepernick, a Nike endorser who sported socks depicting police officers as pigs while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, hasn’t played an NFL game since 2016 – the same season he began kneeling on the field during the national anthem.

The anti-police ex-quarterback’s protest was supposedly to raise awareness about allegations that U.S. law enforcement officers are racist killers.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick said at the time.

He opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season and sat out the 2017 NFL season when no other teams signed him.

In September of 2018, Nike selected Kaepernick to be the face of the company’s advertising campaign.

"Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,” the advertising slogan read.

Kaepernick's "sacrifice" is an apparent reference to the former NFL player's inability to get re-hired after voluntarily quitting the NFL.

The "believe in something" is an apparent reference to Kaepernick calling police officers murderers and kneeling in protest to the American flag.

On Tuesday morning, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state is withdrawing financial incentive dollars that had formerly been intended to help entice Nike to build a massive manufacturing operation in Goodyear, KNXV reported.

Ducey blasted the sneaker giant’s decision to nix the release of the Betsy Ross flag shoes and said the company’s move was a shameful embarrassment.

"Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike," the governor said in a series of tweets. "Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.”

"Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism,” Ducey railed. “It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.”

Nike’s refusal to go against Kaepernick made backing out of plans to entice the company to build in Goodyear necessary, the governor said.

"Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here,” Ducey said. “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.”

The governor also stressed the importance of education over supposed political correctness.

“It shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is,” he tweeted. “A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her."

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TkashasTreasures
TkashasTreasures

It's about flamin' time someone stood up these idiots!! Thank you, AZ!

JBo
JBo

The whole company caved over one anti-police objector. Betsy Ross designed flags...racist? Amazing.

["It's getting to the point where any American who is proud of their country is being viewed as racist. It's madness," Murphy added.]

That's perfectly said.

5150
5150

Kaepernick is racist, not the flag.

roller
roller

The whole Nike organization is a bunch of cowards

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Hurrah for Arizona's governor! By the way, I didn't know Kaepernick is now Nike's CEO - he sure thinks he is, thanks to the company kowtowing to him.

oldbat
oldbat

kaepernick once a racist always a racist. and everyone should BOYCOTT NIKE

FLYBOYTIM
FLYBOYTIM

Write Nike Nike World Headquarters One Bowerman Drive Beaverton, OR 97005

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

just when you think that former NFL player couldn't do something stupider, Kaepernick opens his mouth again....

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Colin Chomperdick, what an asshat fool

lauraaz
lauraaz

Time to BOYCOTT NIKE and make sure everyone you know does too!

Budman
Budman

Kaepernick is hemorrhoid that won't go away!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

question - What is not racist to these people?

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Would somebody please take the garbage out already ! Kaepernick is sucking something somewhere under a desk....

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Kaepernick can go fuck himself. He hasn't done shit since he sold himself out for some coin. Tom anyhow

RTSeeker
RTSeeker

Looks like I don't need to buy nike anymore. People that are Proud of our country shouldn't buy from them either. Let them see what hiring a racist for a spokesperson costs.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

Proud to be an American...glad to have served so that people like Colin and those that hate him can speak freely...well for now.

Mow em down
Mow em down

Kaepernick buys 1 or 2 pairs of shoes, Americans buy more, I don't buy stuff cause some guy tells me to.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Well I use to be a loyal Nike customer, but no more. The only people who would be offended by those shoes are the true racist. I personally am offended by guys walking around with their pants pulled below their ass constantly reaching down fondling their crotch. This crap has gotten out of hand and is bringing our country down. You can have Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Black history month. But we can't dare do anything that represents our nations history.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I boycotted Nike back when they decided to put his face on their brand. I had just bought a pair of Nikes to but I went right back to the store and got a refund!! If low IQ Kaperdick hates the USA that much, then please get the hell out!! Pack your s**t and move to another country where you think it's so much better. And on your way out, give up your citizenship permanently you sorry bigoted POS!!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

He made a big deal because he felt himself fading away. Nike is overrated anyway. There are a lot better shows out there than this bullshit brand. Who the fuck does kaepernick think he is anyway? Nobody, that’s who. He don’t matter.

Suz
Suz

We need to boycott Nike! Shameful! An embarrassment to our country! I will never buy another Nike product!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

I find Colon Kaperdick offensive and any use of his face or a white resemblance makes me sick and want to puke.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

I find Nike and the corporate Socialists that run Nike to be spineless pussies.

Rayb
Rayb

Something should be done about this A-hole! How did he get so much clout that his opinion could change anything.. he truly is a racist!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

If you support The United States of America in any form you are deemed a racist by the Socialist Dems. They have now turned ICE, Homeland Security and the Border Patrol into the bad guys and every ILLEGAL ALIEN has now become a saint worthy of the Priesthood.

Flagsupporter
Flagsupporter

Done with Nike

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

STORY TIME: When I was a little kid, I spied a big house by the river which had American flags for curtains in one of the windows. I thought it was cool at first, but my mother said, "Hippies live there. Using flags as curtains is disrespectful to the flag and that is bad."

TAKEAWAY: I think that putting an American flag on sneakers is likewise disrespectful. I am okay if it is a stars and stripes pattern, but an actual flag is not okay.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The next step for NIKE- Putting "Colonoscopy" Kapernick's face on the bottom of the sneakers.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

a smart marketing person will now start producing T shirts with the Betsy Ross Flag on the front. Good way to fight back against these mentals.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Colin who.....

checksix
checksix

What is keeping you from declaring all versions of the Flag racist?

EskaAmin
EskaAmin

F**K nike and their crap, overpriced shoes

IsupportLEOs
IsupportLEOs

Wonder what it cost Nike to pull back all of the shoes it had shipped, as well as any ad campaigns for them. They must really be afraid of CK to let him sway them at such a cost. Maybe he should be on their R&D team so he can approve of their shoe styles before they are manufactured.

I'm glad there's one governor with some balls!

Baam
Baam

Kapernick is such a freaking cry baby, how is the flag racist? What an a-hole! Maybe he should move to another country seeing he is so unamerican.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

During the winter, we were offered some new uniform winter gear that were manufactured by Nike. This was all part of our uniform allowance. After I and a few of my brothers complained about the company, they switched to another brand, which has a far better quality product. I refuse to use anything from or manufactured by Nike. After this, my affirmation is permanent.

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

He has gone back to his mud hut where he feels safe... I will tell you that I would not buy there scrappy overpriced shoes... Letting that loser Bitch about the Bessy Ross flag must have a bigger idiot bowing down to that bastard anti-American... He sucked in football 🏈 and that is why no one would pick him up.

Buffrat
Buffrat

The only racist is Mr. Kaepernick. That flag he so detests is also the one that represents the country that fought a Civil War for the abolishment of slavery, passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and subsequent laws, and just a short 10 years ago elected its first Black POTUS. He needs to take the silver spoon out of his ass and realize that a nation that fights for inclusion, shouldn't have its flag denigrated by a star who seeks exclusion of those who are proud of it.

longplainfirstnation
longplainfirstnation

American flag sewn by Betsy Ross is not a symbol of early American history that is totally devoid of meaning. It has been used by some extremist groups as a means of telegraphing a return to more traditionalist (re: predominantly white and male) American ideals. “Under the guise of ‘heritage,’ symbols of early U.S. history have long been adopted by hate groups set on returning to a time when all non-white people were viewed as subhuman and un-American,” says Keegan Hankes, research analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). “Historically, these symbols have been used by white supremacists, both to hearken back to a time when black people were enslaved, while also painting themselves as the inheritors of the ‘true’ American tradition.”

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Aren't colin and aoc about the same age? Something to think about.

xenonman
xenonman

How many slaves did a poor Quaker like Betsy Ross own? LOL

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

You all watch ...Water drinking fountains will be next ....as their logic goes they are a symbol of oppression and Jim Crow at a time when whites and blacks were segregated and drank out of separate drinking fountains. You watch . After that it will be city buses that will be a sign of oppression for similar reasons. In their twisted f'kd up minds this will go on and on and on. We need to just stop placating and pandering to these whining feeble minded idiots. Period. Stand and voice your opposition and disapproval.

djaznh
djaznh

I don't buy Nike and won't since they first hired Kaepernick.

They FINALLY make a great looking pair of shoes and pull them off the market.

Putzes.

fell
fell

so who will mail all their N apparel and tell N to shove it and see how much profit is up there