Nike Nixes ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Colin Kaepernick Intervenes

Nike is canceling a sneaker that featured a version of the American flag from the late 18th century.

"Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured an old version of the American flag," Nike said in a statement to CNN Business.

The Wall Street Journalreported earlierthat the athletic-wear company delivered the sneakers to retailers, but asked stores to return them to Nike after the company received a complaint from former NFL star Colin Kaepernick. The Journal indicated Kaepernick said he and others found the shoe offensive.

Kaepernick could not be reached for comment

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