The firestorm rages on after the athletic giant Nike decided to take a knee in support of their mouthpiece lackluster former ex NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Apparently, the leftist star stopped the production and distribution of Nike’s Betsy Ross-themed 4th of July sneaker, because it offended him — which should give you an idea of how fearful Nike has in that they’re willing to halt the release of what would have been a monumental 4th of July sales event.
In a statement sent to Fox News on Tuesday, the sportswear giant’s global corporate communications director, Sandra Carreon-John, said, “NIKE made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike 4th of July based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.”
Think about that for a moment, in celebration of the birth of our nation, honoring the “stars and stripes,” Betsy Ross is credited with making our nation’s first American Flag. The Continental Congress left no record to show what colors would be used except to mimic the Great Seal of the United States.
Red was for valor and hardiness, white for purity and innocence and blue for vigilance and justice. The 13-stars symbolized the 13-original colonies, the circle would illustrate that no one colony would be viewed above another. It was reported that upon seeing Ross’ creation, Washington exclaimed: “Let the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens.”
Yet somehow Nike is concerned that depicting that first American flag will somehow “offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.”
There’s little doubt that the clenched anti-American fist of “black power” mascot Colin Kaepernick played a key role in perhaps intimidating the front office of the giant sportswear company to drop the patriotic sneaker, or else.
Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Kaepernick said he felt the use of the Betsy Ross flag was offensive, with slavery connotations.
The Wall Street Journal reported that individuals familiar with the ongoing issue stated, “After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. 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.”
However, the backlash has been enormous beginning with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announcing on Tuesday that he has ordered his states Commerce Authority to withdraw incentives for Nike building a manufacturing plant in the state.
In a stinging tweet, the 55-year old Republican Governor expressed his dissatisfaction with Nike.
“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike. Nike is an iconic American brand and an American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.”
Adding, “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.”
Even Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on the growing backlash displaying a photo of a Soviet-style shoe design, similar to the hammer-and-sickle of the former Soviet Union and tweeting out.
“If the Betsy Ross Flag, the flag of the American Revolution, is too offensive for Nike to commemorate The 4th of July maybe Nike should go with this… seems to be more in line with their views.”