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Ducey pulls Nike incentives over flag sneaker decision

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Gov. Doug Ducey has withdrawn all financial incentives for Nike to locate in Goodyear after the company pulled a line of shoes former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick found offensive.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker about a shoe that has a heel with a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag.

Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the Journal said that Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, told the company he and others found the flag symbol offensive because of its connection to slavery.
The Air Max 1 USA shoe had already been sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, the Journal reports.
Ducey lashed out at Nike over Twitter.

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One comment

  1. Governor Ducey was right to pull the incentives from Nike. I say there has been enough of foolish behavior from Mr. Kaepernick. It is solely the Nike company’s prerogative to employ the former NFL player. Just as it is my choice to no longer purchase Nike products. That’s America.

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