PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday that Nike cannot get state money for a planned factory in a Phoenix suburb after a report that the athletic company pulled an American flag-themed shoe from the market.

The move was an unusual dive into a contentious cultural fight for the Republican, who prides himself on a pro-business agenda.

It was not immediately clear if the move would derail Nike’s plans for a $185 million factory in Goodyear.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Nike pulled a shoe with a colonial-era U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle, known as the Betsy Ross flag. The Journal reported that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has a major endorsement deal with Nike, told the company he and others found the flag symbol offensive because of its connection to the slavery era.

A wave of protests by NFL players began in 2016 after Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to call attention to police brutality and racial inequality. The protests grew into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, later appeared in a TV advertisement for Nike.

“Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike,” Ducey wrote on Twitter. “We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts tweeted support for Ducey on Tuesday.