Republican lawmakers on Tuesday slammed Nike about its decision on the release of a sneaker that featured and old version of the American flag after Colin Kaepernick reportedly expressed concerns to company officials.
Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., And Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Tweeted their opinions on the release of the release of the Air Max 1 USA which featured a Betsy Ross flag on the whole . The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback expressed concerns about the flag was offensive and carried on slavery connotations, the Wall Street Journal reported.  NIKE DROPPED BETSY ROSS THEMED FOURTH OF JULY SNEAKER
"It is a good thing @Nike only sells sneakers to people who hate the American flag," Cruz tweeted in response to the Wall Street Journal report.
He added that he was a lifelong Nike customer but vowed not
"I won't buy any more. Can anyone recommend a good sneaker isn't so woke up? ”Cruz tweeted.
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"To the self-absorbed football player who has a problem with the American flag, learn to show a little tolerance and a little respect. Grow up. You are not the center of the universe, ”Blackburn tweeted.
Hawley tweeted:" Nike thinks American flag is symbol of oppression? What planet are you on? Nike is a symbol of everything wrong with the corporate economy. They take advantage of our laws but send jobs overseas for sweatshop wages, partner repressive regimes, aggressively avoid paying any US taxes, and then count Americans to shut up and buy their stuff. Why do we put up with this? ”
EX-NFL PLAYER: NIKE'S BETSY ROSS FLAG SHOE WOULDN'T OFFEND ME, BUT I WOULDN'T WEAR IT The lawmakers' reaction comes as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he was planning to pull Nike incentives that were going to be given to the company for building a plant in Goodyear, Ariz.
Nike planned to build a massive manufacturing plant in Goodyear, investing $ 1
Goodyear agreed to nearly $ 1 million in plan review and permit fees to bring the plant into the city, The Arizona Republic reported. The city also planned to supply Nike $ 1 million for jobs in the company.
Nike duty Fox News and Fox business in a statement: "Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as It featured an old version of the American flag. ”
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Kaepernick, the former quarterback who famously kneeled during the National Anthem starting in 2016, was named as the face of Nike's latest" Just Do It campaign last year. After the announcement, Nike's stock initially fell more than 3 percent, before online sales increased
Fox News' Liam Quinn contributed to this report.