Senator Ted cruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Instagram boss gets grilled by both parties over prejudice to teens McConnell faces GOP pullback on debt deal Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China PLUS (R-Texas) said Tuesday it would never buy Nike products again after the company scrapped plans to release a “Betsy Ross flag” sneaker following public denial of those offended by the design.
“I have a lot of
@Nike I’ve been a long-time customer, since I was a kid, “Cruz tweeted.” But they’ve now decided their shoes represent a sarcastic disregard for the American flag. Since they no longer want my business, I won’t buy anymore. Can anyone recommend a good co sneaker that isn’t so awake? “
Yes i own a lot @Nike I have been a long-time customer since I was a child. But they have now decided that their shoes represent a sly contempt for the American flag. Since they no longer want my business, I won’t buy anymore. Can anyone recommend a good co sneaker that is not so awake? https://t.co/XQfO9Dh737
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 2, 2019
A day earlier, Cruz and other Republicans denounced Nike’s decision to cancel the release of a shoe featuring a flag motif from the Revolutionary War era.
The company had planned to release the Air Max 1 USA featuring the design this week, according to the Wall Street Journal.
But Nike reportedly abandoned those plans after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed concerns about the design, according to the Kaepernick Journal, which is sponsored by Nike, said the first American flag was an offensive symbol linked to an era of slavery, the newspaper reported.
Nike then asked retailers to return the product.
“We regularly make business decisions to withdraw initiatives, products and services. NIKE made the decision to stop distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike on July 4, fearing it could unintentionally offend and harm the country’s patriotic holiday, ”Nike said in a statement to The Hill.
Nike has also touted itself as “a company proud of its American heritage,” while emphasizing its “continued commitment to supporting thousands of American athletes, including the United States Olympic team and United States football teams” and its employment as 35,000 people in the United States.
The company did not say whether Kaepernick was a factor behind its decision to remove the sneakers.
Cruz criticized Nike for its decision Monday night, saying it was a “good thing” that the company “wants to sell sneakers only to people who hate the American flag.”
Senator Josh hawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley Provision for Women to Enroll in Bill Removed from Defense Bill Bob Dole: Heroic, Spicy and Effective To Counter China, Senate Must Confirm US Ambassadors MORE (R-Mo.) Echoed Cruz’s feelings, lambasting Nike as “anti-American”.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R-Arizona) said Nike’s decision was to bow to “the current assault on political correctness and historical revisionism.”
Ducey has announced that he will ask the state chamber of commerce to remove financial incentives from Nike. He said the company was preparing to make a “major” investment in Goodyear, Arizona.
Kaepernick in 2016 became the first NFL player to kneel down during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Many NFL players have participated in the protest since then.
Although Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL for the past two seasons, he continues to have ties to Nike. He was the face of a Nike “Just Do It” ad campaign that was released in September.
– Updated at 4:29 p.m.