Nike is recalling an American flag-themed sneaker after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained that it harkened again to the slave period, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Nike had already delivered the Air Max 1 USA sneakers to shops when Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, complained a couple of Revolutionary War-era model of the flag stitched on the again of the shoe, in response to The Journal.
The flag, designed by Betsy Ross, has 13 stars in a circle with 13 crimson and white stripes to characterize the unique colonies.
A Nike spokeswoman confirmed to The Journal that the footwear had been pulled from cabinets due to the flag.
“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” the spokeswoman stated.