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Colin Kaepernick Convinces Nike to Nix Betsy Ross-Themed Shoe

Kaepernick said the first iteration of the American flag is “a symbol that he and others consider offensive.”

By NTK Staff | 07.02.2019 @1:00pm
Colin Kaepernick Convinces Nike to Nix Betsy Ross-Themed Shoe

Former professional athlete Colin Kaepernick reportedly convinced Nike to not release a shoe that featured the colonial American flag, per the Wall Street Journal.

The first iteration of the American flag was famously knitted by Betsy Ross, and it features thirteen stripes of red and white and thirteen stars in a field of blue.

Kaepernick said the Betsy Ross colonial flag is “a symbol that he and others consider offensive.”

In response, Nike “pulled the shoes from their ‘own apps and websites,’ according to The Journal, and asked for retailers to return the shoes.” The flags were to be featured on the latest version of the Nike Air Max 1.

Kaepernick first “reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery,” according to The Journal.

Kaepernick is perhaps best known for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season. At the time, he said kneeling was a protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S. He opted out of his contract with the 49ers and has not been signed since.

President Trump famously defended the American flag during the 2016 presidential campaign, arguing that the flag that U.S. veterans help preserve “deserves respect” during an event in Cincinnati in September 2016:

The NFL suffered a decline of viewership during the 2016 season that some attributed to the politicization of the national anthem.

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