Nike Cancels American Flag Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Complains

According to the Wall Street Journal, Nike is reportedly canceling a sneaker design that featured an American flag from the late 18th century.

“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.”


Although the new sneaker design has already been delivered to retailers, Nike is demanding that stores return it back to the company following a complaint from Colin Kaepernick. The WSJ suggests that Kaepernick and others were offended by the design.

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According to, the shoe was set to be released Monday for $140. The website features a design of the American flag with 13 stars and 13 stripes, which was used in the United States from 1776 to 1795.

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Nike has also been in the process of removing other products, such as an Air Force I sneaker after outrage from an indigenous group in Panama. Colin Kaepernick has yet to publicly comment on the story.


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