Doug Ducey is not happy with Nike’s decision to not release the Betsy Ross flag sneaker.
The Arizona governor was so upset that he announced on Tuesday that he will ask the state’s chamber of commerce to pull financial incentives for Nike.
Ducey slammed the decision to pull the sneaker that was reportedly influenced by Colin Kaepernick that took issue with it being offensive because of its connection to an era of slavery.
“Today was supposed to be a good day in Arizona, with the announcement of a major @Nike investment in Goodyear, AZ,” the governor said in the first of a nine-tweet thread.
“And then this news broke yesterday afternoon,” he added, linking to an article about the company’s decision to nix the Betsy Ross shoe. “Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike.”
“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,” he continued. “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.”
He added that 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,” he wrote.
Kaepernick, who began kneeling for the national anthem during the 2016 preseason, has been out of the NFL ever since and is widely believed to be blackballed as a result.