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Did Cop Hater Colin Kaepernick Get Nike To Kill American Flag Sneakers?

Jeff Katz
July 02, 2019 - 10:45 am

Just in time for Independence Day, Nike has pulled an American flag-themed shoe from circulation after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed concern to the company about selling apparel he says features a "slave-era emblem."

Nike was planning to sell a patriotic version of its popular Air Max sneakers that featured an early U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on the heel, a flag commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag. 

Suddenly, Nike began asking retailers to pull the sneakers without explanation and they disappeared from online stores after Kaepernick apparently told the athletic giant that he and others consider the flag "an offensive symbol of a slave society," according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Kaepernick, the former QB who began kneeling during the national anthem before games, hasn't played in the NFL since 2016 and was made the frontman for Nike's "Just Do It" commercial that featured the infamous phrase, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." A sacrifice that includes a multi-million dollar deal with Nike and the pull to tell them what products to push and not to push.