Arizona Governor Wears Nikes Two Days After Blasting Company Over Betsy Ross Flag Controversy

Arizona Governor Wears Nikes Two Days After Blasting Company Over Betsy Ross Flag Controversy

Somewhere, some Nike executives are very confused.

Two days after ranting at Nike for cancelling its “Betsy Ross flag” sneakers, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was spotted wearing a pair of the company’s sneakers at a July Fourth cookout.

Ducey had taken to Twitter on Tuesday to announce he was yanking state financial incentives for Nike to build a $185 million plant in Arizona, bringing as many as 500 jobs to the state. In a multi-tweet rant, the Republican governor said he was “embarrassed” for Nike, chastised the company for having “bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism, and said Arizona “does not need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”

But Nike still provides the comfort and arch support Ducey craves, apparently.

Granted, being governor might not leave him much time for shopping. But if he was a real Republican he would have immediately set those Nikes on fire.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.