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Arizona Gov Posts Major Announcement After Nike Pulls American Flag Shoe off Shelves

A few days ago, Nike decided not to release “The Betsy Ross Flag” shoe. A special edition created to celebrate our Independence Day. Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL Quarterback who took a knee during games complained about the new sneakers, calling them “offensive.”

Here is the highly controversial shoe.

Just days after this decision Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was outraged and announced that the state would be withdrawing financial incentives promised to Nike over the company dropping an American flag-style shoe.

Nike planned on investing $185 million to open a manufacturing facility in Goodyear, Arizona and Gov Ducey approved a package of incentives that would reimburse the company about $1 million in planning fees and about $4,000 per full-time employee Nike hires.

In a string of tweets on Tuesday morning, Gov. Ducey said:

“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike. Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.”

“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.”

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here. Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”

“And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.”