Nike is pulling a flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The shoe’s heel has a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag. Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the Journal said that Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, told the company he and others found the flag symbol offensive because of its connection to slavery.
The Air Max 1 USA shoe had already been sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, the Journal reports.
Nike’s ‘Betsy Ross’ sneakers are selling for more than $2,000 on sneaker resale site StockX.
The sneakers, shipped to retailers in preparation for a Fourth of July-week launch, were originally priced at $120, according to StockX’s website. By Tuesday morning, a pair was fetching as much as $2,500 on the auction platform.
Nike pulled the sneakers featuring an early American flag on the heel after former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe that he and others consider offensive.