Police Veteran-Owned Company Has Perfect Response To Nike Dropping Flag Shoes

Patriotic apparel company Warrior 12 has the best response we've seen to the Nike/Kaepernick shoe controversy.

St. Louis, MO - A law enforcement-veteran owned apparel brand has issued the best response we've seen to Nike's decision to drop shoes featuring the Betsy Ross flag.

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, ex-NFL player Colin 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.

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

Disgusted that an international brand continues to listen to Kaepernick about what Murphy calls "non-existent issues," he decided to release new shirts which incorporate both the Betsy Ross flag and support for law enforcement.

Warrior 12's Thin Blue Line Betsy Ross Flag

Warrior 12's Stand For Something shirt

Murphy was outspoken immediately after he heard how Nike was disrespecting the Betsy Ross flag.

"There's nothing racist about this flag," Murphy explained to Blue Lives Matter. "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 said.

The retired Montgomery County police officer noted that Warrior 12 has long incorporated the Betsy Ross flag into many of their designs.

Warrior 12 - Freedom Isn't Free

"The Betsy Ross flag represents to us that patriots fought and died for the idea that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," Murphy said.

"Nothing racist could be construed from that," Murphy concluded. "Unfortunately, it's becoming part of the platform of these radicals that anything which hints of patriotism is inherently offensive. Well, I guess we're going to keep offending them."

Comments (42)
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C911
C911

You just keep on offending! Thank you for your service and what you do for Leo’s.

new2lv2
new2lv2

Thank you Warrior 12 for you stance. I have bought some of your shirts in the past and will continue to patronize your company.

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

Keep on keeping on brother!!!

Daughter
Daughter

This is fantastic...thank you!!!!!

blueskies
blueskies

THANK YOU!!!

StandforUS
StandforUS

Kaepernick should find out what Betsy Ross was all about and what she did to help the slaves before he makes a jackass out of himself. By him putting a spotlight on this he has only raised awareness for how stupid he and Nike are and the money they will lose on the unsold shoes. As a St Louis Cardinals fan, I don't usually applaud Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies, however, I admire him for wearing Betsy Ross cleats on the 4th of July on the baseball field. It is great when an athlete shows that they are proud to be an American and a Patriot. What a great thing for young kids to see since they look up to athletes. I would applaud an athlete like that any day versus a has been like Kaepernick.

Readbetweenthelines
Readbetweenthelines

YESSS!!! I want one of them. I hope they ship to Australia 🇦🇺

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Kudos!!!! 💙🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Why would anyone wear Nike, given they’re the choice of ghetto bunnies everywhere and made by 12 year old slave labor when you can wear New Balance (who’s CEO is a Trump supporter), many of which are made in USA in Maine and Massachusetts?

alice mobratney
alice mobratney

The Betsy Ross flag is not racist!! How stupid is anyone to think it is!! Nike, you fall for the same shit everytime. STOP IT!!

portManaT13
portManaT13

It is also good to know something about Betsy Ross, née Elizabeth Griscom. She was raised in the Quaker religion, which was very anti-slavery. That Nike pulled this shoe from the market based on that flag is proof that the hierarchy of Nike, and Colin Kaepernick know little or nothing about the history of the United States, and even less about America. Just one more company to put on the #NoBuyList https://www.biography.com/military-figure/betsy-ross

Stanracer
Stanracer

Three cheers for Warrior 12!!! 👍🤣

Stanracer
Stanracer

Three cheers for Warrior 12!!👍🤣

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

What a GREAT IDEA! 2 Beautiful new designs to show American Pride! Love them! Thank you for taking a Stand for OUR Country & OUR Flags that represent it❣️🇺🇸❤️

OldVet
OldVet

This is great.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

You know we are all looking at this wrong. It doesn't matter what the truth is or what history tells us. For liberals it's all about what they "FEEL". If Kaepernick "feels" the flag is racist then it is. Just look at what you face every day doing your job. If you stop someone for doing something wrong and they "FEEL" you are a racist then your a racist. It's no longer about the truth, facts, history or anything that normal people look at. It's all about how you "FEEL". That is unless your from a certain ethnic group, are an LEO or have conservative political views. Then you a racist no matter what.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Thank you, These nut jobs are seeing anything as racist and I really think it's only a way to hold the spotlight on them.

jimmer1
jimmer1

Well said sir!!!

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

These entities that keep spreading this infectious ludacris ideology, need to be administered a good dose of reality.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Just purchased a couple of shirts and a decal...excellent products!

Lt MAC
Lt MAC

Right ON!

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Thank you for all your support Joseph Murphy.

InService
InService

I bought both shirts and a couple more things before I finished the article! 😂😂😂 Bought their "Stand for Something" Iwo Jima flag raising shirt as soon as they put that one out, too.

AbbyH
AbbyH

Thank You 🇺🇸💙🖤

Suds18
Suds18

Well said! And thank you for having the balls to tell it like it is.

Brickie1971
Brickie1971

Thank you for standing up to such crazy people. I back the Blue!

Ellathedog1
Ellathedog1

Not afraid to show pride for my country-will be ordering a shirt for me and my kids!

We9erfam
We9erfam

Great response to a ex nfl player thank you Warrior 12 love the shirts need the link I support my Leo's locally and all others as well