"If we're in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we've got a problem", he said, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. American businesses should be proud of our country's history, not abandoning it. Nike has made its decision, and now we're making ours.
Swoosh! And just like that the City of Goodyear's plans to bring Air Manufacturing Innovation, a Nike subsidiary to Arizona might be done. "I am embarrassed for Nike", Ducey wrote.
"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", Nike said in a statement to CNBC. Why don't we just have a Nike celebration of the cross - those symbols are symbols of hate. Arizona's state commerce authority, which falls under the governor's jurisdiction, was set to deliver an additional $1 million in incentives. Nike, whose annual revenue tops $39 billion, last week reported sales rose 4% to $10.2 billion for the quarter ended in May.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Kaepernick told the company it shouldn't sell a shoe that he and others consider offensive due to the 13-star "Betsy Ross flag" detail on the heel. "Even if it means sacrificing everything". Chief Executive Officer Mark Parker praised the traffic and engagement generated by that polarizing ad.
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The flag has not traditionally been interpreted as a symbol representing slavery. The shoes aren't available through the company's apps or websites, the newspaper said.
Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, meanwhile, also gave thumbs up for Nike's decision, noting that "white nationalist groups" have "appropriated" the Betsy Ross flag, without providing evidence.
Nike is also facing the wrath of U.S. Sen.
The Air Max 1 US shoes were set to go on sale this week for $140.
StockX CEO Scott Cutler said on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that the company had chose to remove the listings. As of right now, Nike's value sits at $136.38 billion while individual shares cost $86.62.