AZ Governor Says He’s Ending Tax Incentives for Nike after They Pull Patriotic Sneaker

Yesterday, Nike pulled an American flag-designed sneaker after activist Colin Kapernick complained.

Dan Bongino reported that Nike reportedly dropped plans to release the patriotic July 4 themed sneaker after former NFL player Colin Kaepernick complained it was offensive, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The sneakers featured a version of the U.S. flag sewn by Betsy Ross, which has 13 stars in a circle. According to the football player, the flag is offensive because it was linked to a period of slavery in the United States.

The Wall Street Journal writes:

The sneaker giant created the Air Max 1 USA in celebration of the July Fourth holiday, and it was slated to go on sale this week. 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.

After shipping the shoes to retailers, Nike asked for them to be returned without explaining why, the people said. The shoes aren’t available on Nike’s own apps and websites.

In a series of tweets, Arizona’s Republican governor has just announced that he is pulling tax incentives for Nike.

From Washington Examiner 

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced his state will no longer offer tax incentives for Nike to move to the state after it was revealed they pulled a new shoe design that featured the Betsy Ross American flag.

The decision was made after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick told the company he and others considered the flag to be offensive since it represents a time when slavery existed in the United States.

“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey tweeted, saying today was supposed to the announcement of a major investment with the company in the state. “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.”

Nike had shipped the shoes to retailers before asking for the product to be shipped back.

“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.