The Republican governor of Arizona was photographed wearing Nike sneakers on the Fourth of July despite pulling funding for a Nike factory in Goodyear, Arizona just two days earlier.
Governor Doug Ducey announced the Nike funding reversal in response to the company’s decision to pull a new shoe design that featured the Betsy Ross American flag. The shoe was pulled after former NFL quarterback and Nike brand ambassador Colin Kaepernick informed Nike that the shoes depicted a flag used during a time when chattel slavery was still in place.
Ducey’s decision received widespread praise from many conservatives, who also led mass online boycotts against the shoe company.
Phoenix’s ABC affiliate, KNXV, verified the photograph first spotted by the Coconino County Democrats Twitter account.
— Coconino County Democrats (@CoconinoDems) July 5, 2019
In his statement on canceling the state’s funding for Nike, Ducey wrote, “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.”
“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours,” he continued. “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.”