Colin Kaepernick might be forever blackballed out of the National Football League, but he is certainly not remaining quiet.
Nike quietly scrapped a plan to sell an American flag-themed sneaker and it was all due to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback complaining about the image being offensive.
The sneaker company’s Air Max 1 USA featured an early version of the American flag in celebration of the July Fourth holiday. It was scheduled to go on sale this week, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Nike had already sent them out to retailers, but would soon ask for them 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 told the paper.
Kaepernick reached out to the company after images of the sneaker bearing the Betsy Ross flag were posted online and he informed them that it was offensive because of its connection to slavery.
He made waves across the country back in 2016 when he began kneeling at NFL games during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and the overall treatment of minorities in this country. He hasn’t been signed or played a down of football in the league since.
Nike signed Kaepernick to a controversial endorsement deal back in September 2018.
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