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This undated product image shows Nike Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoes that have a US flag with the Betsy Ross design on them.

The Betsy Ross flag has always been acknowledged as the first to use the stripes, stars, and the colors red, white, and blue which have now come to symbolize the United States.

"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", Nike said in a statement to CNBC.

According to the Wall Street Journal, who first reported that Nike pulled the shoe, Kapernick expressed concern that the flag could be see as offensive because of its ties to slavery.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and California Gov. Gavin Newsom both tweeted in favor of Nike and welcomed the company to do business in their respective states.

Conservative personality Candace Owens launched a Twitter attack laden with falsehoods against Colin Kaepernick Friday, claiming that the racial justice campaigner and former National Football League quarterback was white and has tried to "rig the system" to enrich himself. It also has 13 stripes and 13 stars on it to represent the original United States colonies.

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Nike acknowledged in a assertion that "it pulled the shoe basically based totally on issues that it could possibly most likely possibly also unintentionally offend and detract from the nation's patriotic vacation".

"Historically, these symbols have been used by white supremacists, both to hearken back to a time when black people were enslaved, while also painting themselves as the inheritors of the "true" American tradition", Keegan Hankes, a researcher for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Rolling Stone.

David Martosko, a political editor at The Daily Mail, posted one of the images from the 2013 inauguration with the caption, "That Betsy Ross flag sure fell out of fashion quickly". "Call it patriotism, the need to have something you have been told you can't have, or just a desire for shoe or antique collectors (these could be historical one day), they are paying fantastic amounts".

Two Democratic governors, however, have supported Nike's decision. Most notably, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that he would be pulling all financial incentives to Nike for building a manufacturing plant in his state. "Nike says 'just do it.' We say just stand - stand for your beliefs and for your country", he said.

Last September, Nike introducing Kaepernick as the new face of its "Just Do It" ad campaign.

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