Nike caves to pressure from former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, cancels 4th of July sneaker

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Ken Carlson

The Modesto Bee

A Nike sneaker bearing an early American flag won’t be released for sale on the advice of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The shoe called the Air Max 1 USA was designed by Nike Inc. and intended for release this week as a celebration of the July Fourth holiday. It featured a U.S. flag in the Betsy Ross design, with 13 stars in a circle representing the colonies that broke away from British rule during the American Revolution.

According to the Journal, Kaepernick and other activists told Nike the old version of the American flag is considered offensive because it dates to an era of slavery. Nike has reversed its plan for release of the Air Max 1 USA sneaker. Kaepernick, who grew up in Turlock, is an endorser for Nike products.

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