Colin Kaepernick Claims Nike Shoes With Betsy Ross Flag as Offensive

| July 2, 2019

Nike pulls shoes with 18th Century US Flag. (Prince Williams/Wireimage;Nike)

Nike distributed shoes that had the Betsy Ross designed American flag on them. However, the company recalled these shoes after it received complaints.

Colin Kaepernick was one of those who complained. As you recall, he kneeled during the anthem in protest of the “negative” treatments of African-Americans in the hands of the police. According to him, the flag on these shoes had ties to the period of slavery.

To the rest of us, it was one of the flags that the patriots used in the fight for independence. Nike tried to get this released in conjunction with this year’s Fourth of July. But, that will not be the case. Nike couldn’t “just do it.”

From CNN business:

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the athletic-wear company delivered the sneakers to retailers, but asked stores to return them to Nike after the company received a complaint from former NFL star Colin Kaepernick. The Journal indicated Kaepernick said he and others found the shoe offensive because of its ties to America’s era of slavery.

It wouldn’t be surprising if those who find the Betsy Ross flag offensive… Due to its association with the era of slavery… Are the ones who consistently vote for the political party that fought to preserve the institution of slavery. The same party who, when they returned to power after reconstruction, instituted Jim Crow laws, segregation, and had set the filibuster record in the Senate when fighting against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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  1. I watched Foxe’s outnumbered earlier and the sneaker Betsy Ross flag was brought up because it was made during the years of slavery. Aren’t these sneakers made in Chinese sweat shops Amazing, utterly fukin amazing.

  2. 26Limabeans says:

    “Betsy Ross”

    Great. Lets dig up her grave for the third time and see if we can’t scatter her bones some place else again. The poor woman stuffed chairs for a living and I’m pretty sure she would stuff Colin into an ottoman footstool if he were around back then.

    • rgr769 says:

      Kapershit is a hate-American. He would have been run out of town on a rail back in those times, as he would have collaborated with the British.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        No rails to be run out of town on in that day, he would have been tarred and feathered instead!

        • Fyrfighter says:

          Actually API, it would have been a fence rail that was used, and there were plenty of them around back then.

      • Walter says:

        I wonder if keapernick knew that putting the flag on those shoes was in violation of us flag code

  3. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    FUFK Nike.
    FUCK Colin Kaepernick the has-been Benchwarmer who stops at nothing to WHORE for attention.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      FUCK Nike, A Proud Infidel®™ needs to proofread before hitting “Post”.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:


    • RGR 4-78 says:

      Some fellow who is hating on a woman (Betsy Ross) because she got paid for doing a seamstress job.

  5. SFC D says:

    Arizona says no to Nike. And when exactly did Colon Kaepernick start setting corporate policy for Nike? Punk. He plays both the race card AND white privilege card.

    • UpNorth says:

      What’s sadder is that Nike is letting that asswipe, Kaperdork, set sales policy. I wonder which fresh-out-of-college business major, with a minor in Black Studies, decided that a washed-up, generally despised former QB should be the guy to set policy for a major corporation.

  6. RetiredDevilDoc8404 says:

    Quit buying Nike’s overpriced crap long before it associated itself with Krapernick. Didn’t he claim his protest wasn’t about the flag when he first started shooting himself in the foot? If he’s all about oppression, how can he justify shilling products made in sweatshops by oppressed kids and adults for a huge company that exploits their labor? He’s a douche, just go away Krapernick. Far, far away I hear North Korea is nice this time of year. And Fatty Kim might be more to your liking.

    • SFC D says:

      You’re not getting it, Doc. It’s OK if the company that pays his bills oppress people. Poor Colon is speaking truth to power. You know, “the US is a colonialist empire”, “Americans are all racist mysoginists”, “Orange man bad”, and “look at me look at me, I’m relevant”. You’re obviously not woke enough. Alyssa Milano could teach you a lot!

      END /SARC/

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      ^^THIS^^^^THAT^^ and all the other above things for $1000 Alex. Not sure which disgusts me more, Krap-a-dick or Nike. BOTH of these parties need to study the entire history of the slave trade of Africans, and the fact that slavery is still ongoing. Especially in Nike’s sweatshops.

      eff this sob. He needs to move back into grandma’s basement and shut the eff up. Had every advantage known to mankind since he FIRST popped out of his baby mama’s skank canal. Maybe is granny stuck her sugar teat back into his whinny mouth he would shut up.

      And Nike? Eff them too. Never bought none of their crap and never will.

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    As I think about this I look back at the Football Greats of my childhood and teen years, the likes of Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, “Mean Joe” Greene and others,and take pleasure in realizing that the more Colin Kaepernick bawls for attention, the more he will be remembered in the future as a has-been BITCH BOY of a Benchwarmer who did PC advertising for Nike.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    So I guess Craperdinck’s knowledge of history edits out the parts about people “exported” from Britain during the Colonial period, and about people whose debt load forced them into bond servant status. And those were white people. I’m also sure he don’t know nuffin’ about sending white convicts from Britain to North America and Australia.

    It’s a shame he thinks it’s all about skin color. What an idiot.

  9. Sapper3307 says:

    Who is the white guy with corn rows?

  10. Claw says:

    Fake news. Probably a promotional/advertising gimmick to push sales of a “Taboo” item after Nike issues a statement saying they have reconsidered their position. Hell, wouldn’t surprise me to find out Craperdick is still on the payroll and came up with this idea./s

  11. PFM says:

    Hell, I remember the Bicentennial celebration in 1976 had the flags everywhere with the 76 in the center of the stars. People were just proud of the flag back then, years before this asshat was born. Who knew we were all closet Nazis?

    • rgr769 says:

      Yes, but this is a whole different ball game now. The D-rat party is the hate-
      America party. Just today Don Lemon was on MSNBC questioning whether our flag was a reconstituted flag of Nazi Germany. Dontcha love how assholes from other countries are allowed to live here and prosper and yet are allowed to attack this nation and its symbols in our fake news media? There is a dude who definitely needs to be run out of town on a rail, if ever there was one.

  12. Slick Goodlin says:

    Just Sayin’:

    Title 10 U.S. Code
    U.S. Flag Code

    (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.
    (j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

    • Deckie says:

      I believe flag DESIGNS on various apparel does not constitute “The flag.” Now if someone ripped apart an actual flag and wrapped it around their head as a bandana that might be different.

      • Deckie says:

        Hit send too soon:

        We had this issue arise on a vessel where a crewmember had a US flag design bandana and a veteran in the crew started a huge issue with the man that ended up getting the union and legal counsel involved. They stated that the design is a design, but “the” flag means an actual flag.

  13. The Other Whitey says:

    Colin Kaepernick: an NFL never-was who grew up a hell of a lot more “privileged” than my white ass, and continues to be more “privileged” seeing as how he continues to make absurd amounts of money despite failing at every enterprise he’s attempted, yet still thinks I owe him something because we don’t look the same. Did I miss anything?

  14. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Such a disappointment that he failed to put all this effort into football.

    You know …. his job.

  15. Dustoff says:

    The “Star Spangled Banner” that flew over Ft McHenry in the war of 1812 (You know the one where we gave the Royal Navy a big “FU”) was sewn by a lady named Mary Pickersgill. Well I have found that a young Black lady by the name of Grace Wisher assisted Ms. Pickersgill in creating the flag that inspired our National Athemn. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Kapernick.

    • SFC D says:

      Ms. Pickersgill was a victim of the white patriarchy and forced to work as a seamstress, as men had already taken all the high-paying corporate jobs. Ms. Wisher had no other option but to work for Ms. Pickersgill at a low wage, with no healthcare, 401K option, paid vacation, or employer-paid daycare.

  16. AW1Ed says:

    Now that Nike is “Woke” and all (you have no idea how hard that was to type) will AOC allow them to set up shop in New York?

  17. 3/10/MED/b says:

    I went through all the responses. I kept coming up with all the same thoughts.
    Don’t feed the beast.
    It’s hunger for (attention, power,realization, anger about how the white did him wrong, a white/hispanic/asian beat his sorry ass on the court, or just being a fuckin’ failure at life.) That’s all I got.
    (For now, anyway…)

  18. thebesig says:

    It appears that Colon Craperdick has many nicknames. 😆

  19. REMF says:

    Here’s to Krapperdick’s birth parents who could foresee the future and discarded him like the worm dirt, piece of rat faced trash that he is. You sucked as a QB, you suck as a American, you even suck as a Revolutionary.

  20. borderbill says:

    Was good to see our governor (Doug Ducey) told the gym-shoe-company-that-works-chinamen-shitcoolies-to pound saguaro sticks. Arizona offered these ghetto shoe makers a big tax break and incentives to set up a place here. Doug pulled the offer after they announced this crap.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      New Balance still makes some of their shoes in the USA. (990 type and others)

      I highly recommend this brand, especially if you have wide feet, as their sizes include 2E, 4E, and 6E. (Also narrow sizes)

      They fit. They hold up well, and I find them very comfortable.

      They used to sell Armed Forces versions of 990s. I have a pair of “Army” marked ones.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      The new governor of Illinois, the multibillionaire Pritzker, has invited Nike to come to Illinois. Gee, if Nike took that offer, wouldn’t it raise the price of their silly shoes?

  21. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Colon got all special snowflake asshurt (’cause DA MAN is keepin’ his ass down) and forced Nike to pull the shoes? I’m guessing that Phil Knight isn’t calling the shots at Nike anymore or he and his company got all woke and have a social conscious or shit like that.

    Fuck Nike
    Fuck Craperdick

  22. Keepin' It Real says:

    I wish they would sell this shoe at either a discount or even full price to get rid of them.

    I’ll buy one and I bet they would fly off the shelves like hot cakes. Limited edition controversial shoes.

    It would show Nike the error in their ways.

    Now, as luck would have it, a bunch of kids in some Caribean island will be wearing Betsy Ross Nike shoes to go along with their “PATRIOTS 19-0” t-shirts from the 2007 season.

    • LRRP2 says:

      I quit buying anything Nike years ago , when they started making their shoes in Viet Nam .
      As far as klapperdick goes — him being offended is no BFD . He offends me !!!

  23. Daisy Cutter says:

    Let me reKap:

    * Kap is in the entertainment industry so has to do things to remain in the spotlight.

    * Loses starting job in NFL so reinvents himself as an activist.

    * It works because it is somewhat popular to be anti-establishment.

    * Tries to sue his way into an NFL roster slot… fails.

    * Tries to sue the NFL over collusion to keep him out of the league… fails.

    * Gets on with Nike to create controversial ad.

    * Ad ends its fade into distant memory. Need new controversy.

    * Betsy Ross shoes prove to be convenient target to create new controversy and re-establish Kap’s relevance.

    * Nike probably won’t do this again, so no more controversies on the horizon.

    * Nike lets Kap go because they stirred the pot as much as they can and he’s an expensive pot-stirrer.

    * Kap claims Nike racism, cites their child labor practices.

    * Fast forward 20 years – Kap on True Hollywood Stories.

    * Fast forward 30 years – Kap fighing in Pay-per-View exhibition match with Jared Fogle (ex-Subway spokesman).

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      That is what you do when your best gridiron effort is third-rate second-stringer.

  24. Bill R. says:

    Well, I find Colin Kaepernick offensive. Can we get rid of HIM now?

  25. OWB says:

    So what? I am offended that he is offended by something which really doesn’t offend anyone except those who opt to find offense in such things as the sun predictably rising again in the east this morning. Nobody really cares – at least no one whose opinion actually matters.

    Carry on, y’all! Laughing at lunatics is just sad. But, it’s sort of like watching a train wreck. You just can’t help yourself. And this clown keeps demanding that we laugh at him.

  26. Anonymous says:

    F* Colon K. and the dachshund he rode in on.