Political figures are not happy with Nike.
The decision to withdraw a shoe that features an old version of the American flag has caused an uproar from many people, and that includes Senator Ted Cruz.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was said to upset with the footwear and apparel giant introducing the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoe that features 13 stars in a circle.
Kaepernick was said to have contacted the company and explained to them he and others were offended because the flag had a connection to an era associated with slavery.
“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 Wall Street Journal.
Cruz took to social media to criticize the move and question the patriotism of the footwear’s main critic.
“It’s a good thing @Nike only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate the American flag…. @NFL #HappyFourth”
Kaepernick has been the face of controversy ever since he kneeled in protest to police brutality during the National Anthem in 2016. He has not played in the NFL since that season.
He was the face of a Nike “Just Do It” ad campaign that was released last September.
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