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Arizona Makes a Move Against Nike Over Axed Flag Sneakers

The company is facing a backlash after pulling the shoe at Colin Kaepernick's urging
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2019 11:36 AM CDT
Immigrants raise their right hands and take the oath of citizenship of the United States at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, during a naturalization ceremony on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2019.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – An uproar quickly sprang up following Nike's decision to pull a planned patriotic shoe days before the 4th of July. The shoe featured the "Betsy Ross flag," which has a circle of 13 stars to represent the 13 colonies, and Colin Kaepernick reportedly urged the sportswear company to cancel the shoe's release because that flag comes from an era of slavery. The company has since confirmed the "Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July" will not be released due to the "old version" of the flag featured on it. Almost immediately, there were consequences—as well as support for Nike. The latest:

  • Arizona's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, issued a nine-tweet thread Tuesday saying that "a major @Nike investment in Goodyear, AZ" was supposed to be announced Tuesday, but after this news broke, "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. 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."

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