Nike bows to Kaepernick, pulls 4th of July shoe

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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Nike logo (red)In addition to making unemployed former San Francisco 49er quarterback-turned social justice activist Colin Kaepernick its poster child through a $30-million contract, Nike bowed to the 31-year-old’s demand to cancel its American flag shoe because he deemed it offensive.

The ex-National Football League star got the world’s largest sports equipment and apparel company to terminate production of its new featured shoe donning the “Betsy Ross Flag” – used as the United States’ official flag from 1777 to 1795 – and is going as far as pulling it from inventory at stores that already prepared to display the patriotic sneakers on shelves.

“The Air Max 1 USA shoe was scheduled to sell ahead of the Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday,” TheBlaze reported. “Kaepernick – who is known for originating the kneeling protest against the national anthem during NFL games – reportedly told the company that the flag, with 13 stars, was a symbol for slavery that offended many.”

When honoring America is ‘offensive’

As part of his social justice campaign to dishonor police, the United States military and troops over the Independence Day holiday, Kaepernick brought up his problem with the imagery behind the red, white and blue-striped shoe because it calls Americans to commemorate the nation and its veterans who fought with their lives for their freedom.

“Kaepernick told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others consider offensive – according to people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal noted. “The sneaker giant created the Air Max 1 in celebration of the July Fourth holiday, and … the heel of the shoe featured a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle – a design created during the American Revolution, and commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.”

Without any explanation, Nike ordered retailers to rip the shoes from store shelves and return them to distribution centers.

“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 explained, according to Market Watch.

Kaepernick apparently was unaware of the shoe until he noticed it online, but the anti-American/anti-police social justice warrior made sure Nike wiped the Internet clean of the shoe line immediately.

“The shoes aren’t available on Nike’s own apps and websites,” Market Watch informed. “After images of the shoe were posted online, Kaepernick – a Nike endorser – 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, the people said. Kaepernick declined to comment.”

In order to appease their endorser – who boasts the support of Black Lives Matter protesters and athletes across the country who disrespect the flag by kneeling or defiantly clenching their fists during the Nathemional Ant, including members of the women’s U.S. soccer team playing for the World Cup – Nike is voluntarily losing countless millions in shoe sales from the pulled line.

“The retail price for the shoe was $140 – before it was pulled from shelves,” TheBlaze’s Carlos Garcia divulged.

Even though conservatives and other patriots have condemned, and even boycotted, Nike for supporting the defiant athlete in his movement to stir up hatred and contempt for America, Nike profits have risen of late.

“Nike was criticized heavily on social media for signing the controversial former NFL quarterback for a multi-million-dollar marketing campaign,” Garcia recounted. “Despite calls for a boycott of the athletic shoe company, Nike sales grew immediately after the campaign advertisement aired, according to some industry metrics.”

Edison Trends Co-founder Hetal Pandya noted how Nike’s decision to embrace the anti-American fallen sports icon had the opposite effect on its profits that many anticipated.

"There was speculation that the Nike/Kaepernick campaign would lead to a drop in sales, but our data over the last week does not support that theory," Pandya told TheBlaze in September 2018, when the campaign began.

Nike’s campaign slogan, “Believe in something … Even if it means sacrificing everything,” – alluding to giving up his football career to wage war on police and American values – reads as the caption in its ads, displayed beneath a closeup of Kaepernick.

A hero or a disgrace?

Even though Kaepernick is regarded as a so-called “civil rights” hero and social justice warrior on many college campuses and by the mainstream media, entertainment industry, many Democrats and leftist sports outlets such as ESPN, many conservatives and patriots in the sports world consider the all-state athlete in three sports – football, baseball and basketball – to be an embarrassment to the country.

These are the sentiments of former Chicago Bears Head Coach Mike Ditka, who led his ”Monsters of the Midway,” with sports icons Walter Payton, Jim McMahon and William “Refrigerator” Perry, to a Super Bowl championship in 1985.

"Anybody who disrespects this country and the flag – if they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out," Ditka said in September 2016, according to RealClearPolitics. "I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick."

He argued that it doesn’t take a genius to find something to complain about, and conceded that every society has its problems, but said that it is ridiculous for Kaepernick to condemn an entire nation and its entire police force for a number of racist actions that are more the exception than the norm.

"He probably has no respect for me – that’s his choice,” Ditka continued at the time. “My choice is that I like this country – I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on. I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunity. If you don't want to look for it, you can find problems with anything. This is the land of opportunity, because you can be anything you want to be – if you work. If you don't want to work, it is a problem."


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