Nike will delay the release of its latest sneaker collaboration with rapper Travis Scott following the tragic events of the Astroworld festival in Houston, the sportswear company announced Monday.
“Out of respect for everyone affected by the tragic events of the Astroworld Festival, we are postponing the launch of the Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack,” Nike said in the release. declaration.
The sneaker design, The Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails”, was announced last year, and new versions of the design were due to be released on December 16.
The shoe has a swoosh to the rear, Nike’s famous logo, as well as a somewhat weathered aesthetic.
Nike is putting a pause on Travis Scott’s Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack sneaker releases. pic.twitter.com/Drzy7Iqv8K
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Ten people died and more than 300 were injured at the Astroworld festival on November 5 due to a crowd crush. The festival attracted an attendance of approximately 50,000 people. The dead and injured are still being investigated.
The fatalities included a 9-year-old boy, Ezra Blount, who fell off his father’s shoulders during the performance. The boy had been hospitalized in a coma for about a week.
Scott, real name Jacques Bermon Webster, said he was “absolutely devastated” by the tragedy. The 30-year-old faced criticism for continuing to play and neglect for not following proper procedures. He also faces multiple lawsuits.
“They have a 59-page plan of operations, and he clearly says the only two people who have the power to stop the gig were the executive producer and the gig producer. He wasn’t responsible for that, but he wants to be responsible for the solution,” said Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, spokeswoman for Travis Scott.CBS Matinees.”
After the Astroworld tragedy, the Nike and Travis Scott collaboration was postponed _ pic.twitter.com/y8Z99ATz5l
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