A baseball team affiliated with the Chicago Cubs Minor League has apologized for mocking the alleged role of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in mending a new Nike sneaker emblazoned with the flag of the original 13 colonies.
The Tennessee Smokies answered a day later Nike recalled the shoe, reportedly because Kaepernick indicated that the flag image was offensive and reminiscent of slave days. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, allegedly for protesting police violence against African-Americans. He became a free agent, but was not signed by any other NFL team and eventually won a deal for collusion.
In response to Kaepernick's role in keeping the flag shoe, the Smokies tweeted a picture of the 1
The headline of the tweet: "Hey @ Kaepernick7, after much deliberation, we decided it would be best to just do it. #America, "said the tweet, referring to the famous Nike slogan" Just do it. "
Connor Pearce, the team's marketing and community relations manager, called it in a conversation with the Associated Press.
Later, the team removed the tweet and apologized without further explanation.