Nike reportedly pulls ‘Betsy Ross’ sneakers after criticism from Colin Kaepernick

first_imgUpdate: release is indefinitely postponed. Retailers are being asked to return the shoes to Nike. Celebrate the upcoming #IndependenceDay holiday with these Air Max 1s featuring the flag sewn by Betsy Ross. For a closer look at this upcoming release, tap the link in our bio.A post shared by Sneaker News (@sneakernews) on Jun 24, 2019 at 4:54pm PDTThe flag was created in 1792 during the American Revolution and is commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.Kaepernick reportedly found the flag design offensive, due to its connection to the slavery era.MORE: Colin Kaepernick doll seen hanging by neck from truck”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 said to the WSJ in a statement.The WSJ said the company asked retailers to return the $140 shoes, without giving a reason why.Prep for the Fourth of July in style by picking up this #IndependenceDay inspired Nike Air Max 1 dropping next week:— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) June 24, 2019Last year, Nike tapped Kaepernick to be the face of its “Just Do It” campaign. View this post on Instagram Nike reportedly canceled Monday’s release of a limited edition USA-themed Air Max 1 sneaker after concerns were raised from former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.According to The Wall Street Journal, Kaepernick reached out to Nike after photos of the shoes started circulating online. The heel of the sneakers feature an old American flag with 13 white stars in a circle to represent the original U.S. colonies. The 31-year-old made national headlines in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.The quarterback has not played in the NFL since the end of the 2016 season.last_img