Nike to Lose Financial Incentives From Arizona Government Due to Pulling Betsy Ross Flag Air Max 1

This morning, news broke of Nike cancelling their 4th of July Nike Air Max 1 release.

The holiday shoe featured the Betsy Ross flag on the heel which became a point of contention to Nike athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick. The activist reached out to Nike directly because he felt the Betsy Ross Flag was linked to a time of of slavery and injustice in America.

In accordance, Nike cancelled the shoe stating that “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.”

As expected, there has been fallout from the decision but perhaps more than anticipated.

Taking to Twitter, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey stated that under his orders the state will no longer be providing financial incentives for Nike’s major business plans set to take place in AZ.

For those unaware of Nike’s plans with the state of Arizona, the brand was set to announce a major investment in Goodyear, AZ. As expressed in the Tweets below, the state of Arizona was set to provide financial incentives to Nike in regards to their developments set for Goodyear.

Nike is yet to make a statement in response to this news.

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