Former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick “apparently has a lot of influence over Nike — because the quarterback-turned-activist convinced Nike to nix plans to sell a flag-themed sneaker Kap considered offensive,” TMZ reports.
Kaepernick said the flag, by Betsy Ross, depicts the original 13 colonies and is offensive “because of its connection to slavery,” the report says.
TMZ says its report was based on a piece – that is behind a pay wall – published by the Wall St. Journal.
Notes TMZ, “The sneaker giant was set to put a new colorway of its popular Air Max 1 sneaker on the market this week, featuring an old U.S. flag with 13 stars from the American Revolution….Nike even sent the sneakers to retailers, but then the company asked to have the merchandise back.”
Here’s a picture of the new shoe as shown on Fox News: