Nike pulls ‘Betsy Ross’ shoe over reported Kaepernick complaint

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(CNN) – Nike pulled a new sneaker just before it was set to hit store shelves on Monday.

The Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July had already been delivered to retailers when Nike asked for them all back.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the decision was made after former NFL player Colin Kaepernick complained about the design.

The shoe features an early version of the flag showing 13 stars in a circle to represent the original 13 colonies.

Betsy Ross designed the famous flag during the American Revolution, and according to the Smithsonian, it was used as the country’s official banner from 1777-1795.

Kaepernick reportedly said it harkens back to a time of slavery.

The former quarterback started the movement among professional athletes to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.

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This story was originally published on July 2, 2019

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