Nike will delay the release of its latest sneaker collaboration with rapper Travis Scott after the tragic events of the Astroworld festival in Houston, the sportswear company said on Monday.
“Out of respect for all those 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 statement.
The design of the sneaker, The Nike x Travis Scott Air Max 270 “Cactus Trails”, was announced last year, and new versions of the design were due out on December 16.
The shoe has a swoosh towards the back, the famous Nike logo, as well as a somewhat weathered aesthetic.
Nike is taking a break from the release of Travis Scott’s Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack sneakers. 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 around 50,000 spectators. The dead and injured are still under investigation.
The deaths included a 9-year-old boy, Ezra Blount, who fell from his father’s shoulders during the performance. The boy had been hospitalized in a coma for about a week.
Scott, whose real name is Jacques Bermon Webster, said he was “absolutely devastated” by the tragedy. The 30-year-old has come under criticism for continuing to play and neglect for failing to follow proper procedures. He also faces several lawsuits.
“They have a 59-page plan of operations, and it makes it clear that the only two people who have the power to shut down the concert, were the executive producer and the concert producer. He was not responsible for that, but he wants to be responsible for the solution, “Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, spokesperson for Travis Scott told” CBS Mornings “.
After the Astroworld tragedy, Nike and Travis Scott collaboration was postponed _ pic.twitter.com/y8Z99ATz5l
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