AZ Governor Vows to Pull Nike’s Tax Incentives as Company Takes Heat for Yanking Betsy Ross Flag Shoe

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is pulling financial incentives for Nike after a shoe commemorating the Fourth of July was taken off shelves because it featured an old version of the flag.

The Air Max 1 USA was created in celebration of Fourth of July and had been distributed to stores when Nike suddenly asked for them to be sent back, according to The Wall Street Journal. A Nike spokeswoman revealed that it was due to the type of flag that was embroidered on the heel.

According to sources, former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick complained to the company, warning them that it was an offensive symbol due to its creation during a time when slavery was still legal.


Many were outraged that Nike would listen to Kaepernick and stop the release of the shoe, applauding the governor for taking action.

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Ducey tweeted out his shock at Nike’s decision and explained why he decided to ask the Arizona chamber of commerce to stop the incentives for Nike.

Read Ducey’s thread below:

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours,” tweeted Ducey. “I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here.”

The governor claimed that Arizona’s economy is doing “just fine” without the company and is not worried about pulling the plug on the incentives.

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Nike is one among many brands and their KRAP is off my purchase list.


mister bend a knee doesn’t like betsy ross. well isn’t that TOO BAD. SHE loved America. try it some time you moron. just admit it, you hate white people!!!!


I am already boycotting Nike after their endorsement of Colin Kaepernick as some type of hero. Guess I won’t stop anytime soon. Good job Gov. Ducey. Happy Independence Day everyone!


Phil Knight, Nike’s founder, is the richest man in OR. He still can’t hire smart execs or ones who can set aside personal politics for business professionalism. q.v. Dick’s Sporting Goods

1. The optics and timing of pulling patriotic-themed sneakers just before the 4th of July is plain stupid. It’s like reading a marketing book, then doing everything exactly opposite.

2. They listened to Colin Kaepumpernickel, a child of privilege who flushed his own career and damaged the NFL? They hired him, not the other way around.

3. When you’ve lost Mika’s boy-toy, err, Joe Scarborough…….





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