Nike Drops ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Shoes After Kaepernick Gets Offended
As if Colin Kaepernick hasn’t done enough to ruin one of America’s favorite past times, now he is taking over Nike board rooms by protesting the design a new shoe.
The shoes were to be part of Nike’s 4th of July celebration and were to go on sale this week. In fact, the company had gone ahead and sent out all the shoes for the upcoming sale.
However, they have now asked for the shoes to be returned to Nike as soon as possible with no explanation given.
So what was wrong with shoes?
One would think that such a massive recall would be connected to a malfunction or safety issues within the design.
But no. It seems that Colin Kaepernick has objected to the coloring and pattern of the shoe.
On the back of the shoes were a design of an American Flag. Go figures. Kaepernick is still hung up on his abhorrent distaste for the American flag and apparently everything it stands for.
Now, this was not the usual American flag that you see today, flying in many proudly American homes. This was one of America’s first flags. The one said to be created by Betsy Ross during the Revolutionary War.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, “The heel of the shoe featured a US flag with 13 white stars in a circle, a design created during the American Revolution and commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.”
This flag is one of the most iconic images of our nation and one that stands for far more than the one we fly today. This tells a story of old, of a people that became a nation because they stood for independence and fought against the tyrants that oppressed them.
However, according to Kaepernick, this is a symbol that he and others consider to be an offensive symbol of a slave society.
At that time in American history, slavery was a practice that was legal in all thirteen colonies and one that many, even some of our revered founding fathers, participated in.
Nike made the former quarterback its face of their “Just Do It” campaign some time ago and apparently, he has considerable sway over the designs they come out with.
However, that is not the reason the company gave for recalling the thousands of ‘flagged’ shoes.
According to them, they just didn’t like the old version of the flag.
A Nike spokeswoman said, “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.”
Kaepernick himself has declined to comment on the issue.
This is not Kaepernick first attack on the US flag and everything it stands for.
While he was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015/2016 season, he began to protest “The Star-Spangled Banner” or the National Anthem. Instead of standing and placing his hand on his heart as most Americans do when the song is played, he chose to kneel.
According to himself and others who followed him, he blamed America for the killing of black people by “racist” cops in the line of duty.
However, as the protests continued, all it seemed to prove was that Kaepernick was out for himself and not much of a team player.
After getting a lot of flack about it from just about everyone, Kaepernick decided to run as free-agent the following season. However, no one seemed to want him and he went unsigned. And he hasn’t played professional football since.
He sued the National Football League, blaming them for his lack of success and saying they were racist. According to him the fact that they still sang the National Anthem was proof of that. Apparently, it is another sign of slavery or something.
It is noted that he did win the settlement but not with an admission of guilt. Therefore, most of the funds that he would have won were not given to him.
Once again, Kaepernick has proved that he is easily offended and doesn’t stop to think about anyone but himself and what he can gain. If we are to believe that he and others really feel so oppressed in this nation, then you would think he, of all people, would understand what the Betsy Ross flag really stood for at that point in our history.
It didn’t stand for slavery, it stood for the opposite – for freedom and it still does.