Nike Pulls Patriotic Sneakers, So AZ Pulls Investments From Nike

John Romero | July 2, 2019
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The Air Max 1 USA sneakers were slated to be put on sale by Nike to celebrate Independence Day. But after criticism from former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, the patriotic shoes were withdrawn from stores, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The reason? Kaepernick said that the shoes, which sported the original Betsy Ross flag with the 13 stars to represent the colonies, is connected to slavery. This drew criticism from people like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and even former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

But it wasn't just criticism that Nike received. There was action as well, Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced on Twitter that his state would be pulling their financial incentives out of a deal to bring a Nike facility to the state. That deal that was supposed to be announced this week. 

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