Nike, Inc.

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Nike, Inc., is an American multinational maker of footwear, clothing, and sports equipment.

It is a big promoter of phony free trade and engages in liberal censorship to prevent criticism of communist China. The company is anti-Trump and funds athletes who criticize Trump but not China.

Founded in 1964, the company was originally named "Blue Ribbon Sports" but changed its name to Nike, Inc. in 1971, taking its name from Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. Nike is currently headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon.[1]

According to Forbes magazine, the Nike brand was valued at $19 billion in 2014. This makes it the most valuable sports business.[2]

Betsy Ross flag controversy

Nike released a shoe featuring a Betsy Ross flag called the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July trainers in July, 2019, to celebrate Independence Day. The model was discontinued after Colin Kaepernick told Nike he and others found the flag offensive because of its association with slavery. Following the incident, Nike requested that all merchants return the shoes, without stating any reason.[3]

Conservatives protested the decision on social media by destroying their products and writing about why it was a bad decision.[4]

This event has had controversy even with conservatives, as using the American flag on an article of clothing is against the United States Flag Code.[5][6]