Jul 3, 2019

Nike hit by conservative backlash over 'racist trainer'

US political heavyweight Mitch McConnell has waded into the "Racist trainer" row with a call for Nike to reverse a decision to halt sales. The special-edition Fourth-of July trainer features an old US flag that some people say has racist overtones. Nike's decision sparked a huge backlash from conservative America and the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, ordered the cancellation a $1m grant to help the company build a factory in the state. "Speaking in Kentucky, Mr McConnell told reporters:"I hope Nike either releases these shoes or some other shoe maker picks up the flag, puts it on a pair of shoes and starts selling it. Many consumers said they would never buy Nike again after it adopted Mr Kaepernick, and social media featured pictures of people burning their trainers.

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