Arizona Governor Doug Ducey hit Nike today as he dared to stand up to the sports giant in the most effective way; with money. “Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to such up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history” Ducey tweeted.
The Governor is responding to Nike’s decision to “yank” a “U.S.A. themed sneaker featuring an early American flag after NFL star-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe with a symbol that he and others consider offensive” the Wall Street Journal reported.
The sneaker was to be called the “Air Max 1 USA” and go on sale this week in celebration of the July Fourth holiday. The original version of the American flag, known as the ‘Betsy Ross flag’ named after the American icon and flag maker was to be featured on the heel of Nike’s shoe. The flag had 13 white stars in a circle that represented the unity of the nation’s 13 colonies, which on today’s flag has been replaced by 50 white stars for each state to go along with the red and white stripes.
In a series of tweets, Governor Ducey addressed his disgust at Nike to not release the shoe due to Kaepernick’s complaint that the flag symbolizes slavery to him. “It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it” Ducey tweeted. He added in an additional tweet: “Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism.”
Ducey began his string of tweets with “Today was supposed to be a good day in Arizona, with the announcement of a major @Nike investment in Goodyear, AZ” then after 6 consecutive tweets he added “Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours.
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…Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”