“Hey, @Nike — we’re just a quick jaunt over the border,” Newsom, a Democrat, tweeted. “Thank you for doing the right thing. CA is open for business and welcomes those that represent the best of our American values.”
Hey, @Nike — we’re just a quick jaunt over the border...— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 3, 2019
Thank you for doing the right thing. CA is open for business and welcomes those that represent the best of our American values. pic.twitter.com/dLN7EuYBFS
The news: The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Nike scrapped plans to release a pair of sneakers with the Betsy Ross flag on the heel after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick intervened, saying the flag had slavery connotations.
- Kaepernick reportedly reached out to Nike, saying the slavery-era flag could be seen as an offensive symbol, according to the Associated Press.
- On Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced in a series of tweets that he would withdraw incentives for Nike to build a manufacturing plant in Arizonafollowing the controversy, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- Nike previously planned to build a manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Arizona and would have invested more than $184 million in the project, according to ABC 15.
“We regularly make business decisions to withdraw initiatives, products and services. NIKE made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday," Nike explained in a statement.
“Nike is a company proud of its American heritage and our continuing engagement supporting thousands of American athletes including the US Olympic team and US Soccer teams. We already employ 35,000 people in the U.S. and remain committed to creating jobs in the U.S., including a significant investment in an additional manufacturing center which will create 500 new jobs,” reads the statement.