Shoe manufacturing giant Nike ditched a 4th of July themed sneaker Tuesday after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick claimed the American Flag used on the footwear was -in fact- a racist symbol.
“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday he was ordering the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw incentives for Nike building a manufacturing plant in the state,” reports Fox News. “Ducey made the announcement in a series of tweets after The Wall Street Journal reported that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick urged Nike to nix a USA-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag on the heel, over slavery connotations.”
“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey, a Republican, tweeted. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.
Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike. 3/
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) July 2, 2019
“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.
“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.
“And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.”
Read the full report at Fox News.
KAEPERNICK UNLEASHED: The Quarterback SLAMS Police for ‘Lawful Lynching’
Out-of-work NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was back in the national headlines this week after he viciously attacked members of law enforcement; accusing police departments of “lawful lynchings” across the US.
According to the Associated Press, Kaepernick was speaking after receiving an award from Amnesty International; which had named the protesting player its annual Ambassador of Conscience.
“Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex,” Kaepernick said.
“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?” he asked.
Colin Kaepernick is widely credited as starting the NFL’s “player protest” demonstrations back in 2016, with athletes choosing to “take a knee” during the performance of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
GAME OVER: Kaepernick’s Possible Return to the NFL Takes a MAJOR HIT
Colin Kaepernick’s potential return to the National Football League hit a major roadblock this week, with the once-interested Seattle Seahawks reportedly ditching their efforts to hire the protesting player.
Kaepernick -widely credited with starting the trend of professional athletes taking a knee during the US anthem back in 2016- was disinvited from the Seahawks training session earlier this year after he refused to say whether he planned on continuing his protests into the next season.
According to one ESPN reporter, the Seattle Seahawks are “no longer” interested.
“Seahawks expressed interest in Kaepernick this off-season, but he no longer appears to be in their plans.”
Colin Kaepernick and his attorneys took depositions in his collusion grievance from Seahawks' HC Pete Carroll today and from GM John Schneider on Wednesday, per source.
Seahawks expressed interest in Kaepernick this off-season, but he no longer appears to be in their plans.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2018
The former 49ers quarterback has been struggling to return to the league after his on-field protests made national headlines; accusing President Trump and NFL officials of “colluding” to keep him off the rosters.