Sen. McConnell slams Nike for pulling Betsy Ross shoes

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(CNN) – Nike’s decision to pull a new sneaker just before it hit store shelves Monday is drawing some criticism.

The “Air Max One Quick Strike Fourth of July” had already been delivered to retailers when Nike asked for them all back.

The Wall Street Journal reported the decision was made after former NFL player and Nike endorser Colin Kaepernick complained about the design being potentially offensive.

The shoe features an 18th century version of the American flag, with a circle of 13 stars that represent the original 13 colonies.

On Tuesday GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Nike’s decision to cancel the sneaker.

“I think we’ve got a problem. I hope Nike either releases these shoes or some other shoemaker picks up the flag, puts it on a pair of shoes and starts selling it. I’ll make the first order.”

Betsy Ross designed that famous flag during the American Revolution.

And according to the Smithsonian. it was used as the country’s official banner from 1777 to 1795.

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This story was originally published on July 3, 2019.

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