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Nike cancels Axes Independence Day inspired Air Max 1 Sneakers

By Perfectkickz | 06 July 2019 | 73 views | 0 Comments

Nike canceled Monday's launch of its new limited edition USA-themed Air Max 1 sneaker for the Fourth of July holiday after criticism that it featured an early American flag that some found offensive.
Critics reportedly included former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has endorsed Nike and appeared in its advertising campaigns. According to the Wall Street Journal, Kaepernick told Nike that he and others found the flag to be an offensive symbol due to its connection to the slavery era.
People also called out Nike on social media for featuring a flag that flew in the US during slavery to celebrate Independence Day.
A Nike spokesperson confirmed it ultimately pulled the sneakers because of its use of the flag.
"Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured an old version of the American flag," a company statement said.
A spokesman for Kaepernick didn't comment.

 
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