Yes indeed, the Governor’s shoes made the “news.” Eventually journalists got around to covering the harassment of Tempe Police officers by a Starbucks barista, but only after they had thoroughly embarrassed themselves with Ducey Nike “news”
Phoenix media would have liked to cover this insult to Tempe’s finest perpetrated by latte-sipping snowflakes but they all were too busy obsessing over the Governor’s shoes.
— Doug MacEachern (@MacEachernDoug) July 6, 2019
He yanked $1 million in incentives offered to Nike over the company’s decision to pull its “Betsy Ross flag” sneaker. But a photo shows he wore Nike tennis shoes to a Fourth of July barbecue.https://t.co/1PymIU7kBW
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 6, 2019
A tweet from the Tempe Officers Association regarding a request that a group of officers move or leave a Starbucks coffee shop on the Fourth of July because a customer felt uncomfortable has sparked public outrage.
According to the Association, the incident occurred at the Starbucks at Scottsdale Road and McKellips.
Reggie Borges, a spokesperson for Starbucks, told the Arizona Republic that the company has “reached out to the Tempe Police Department and Tempe Officers Association to better understand what happened and apologize. We want everyone in our stores to feel welcomed and the incident described is not indicative of what we want any of our customers to feel in our stores.”
He’s too short to be president, but you would think he is on his way to the White House after Governor Doug Ducey let off a series of tweets in the early morning hours of Tuesday. In those tweets, Ducey announced that he has withdrawn all financial incentives intended to attract Nike to the Phoenix area.
Ducey was reacting to the news that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick successfully convinced Nike to pull its sneakers featuring an early American flag commonly known as the Betsy Ross flag. Kaepernick reportedly found the shoe to be offensive.
“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey tweeted early Tuesday morning regarding its decision to nix the Betsy Ross sneakers. “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….