Nike has postponed the upcoming release of their latest sneaker collaboration with Travis Scott after the deadly events that transpired at his Astroworld Festival earlier this month.
On Monday (Nov. 15), the SNKRS app released a statement, which read, “Out of respect for everyone impacted by the tragic events at the Astroworld Festival, we are postponing the launch of the Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack.” The “Baroque Brown” and “Saturn Gold” colorways of Scott’s Air Max 1 collab were originally supposed to be released on Dec. 16 on the SNKRS app for $160 each.
As REVOLT previously reported, 10 people lost their lives as a result of injuries they sustained at Scott’s annual festival, including a 9-year-old boy.
As the “Sicko Mode” rapper performed, a crowd of more than 50,000 people surged toward the stage and many people were trampled and unable to move or breathe. As seen in multiple video clips, first responders tried to get to the injured attendees as Scott’s set continued.
The Houston rapper offered to cover funeral costs for all of those who were killed during the festival. He also offered to give free mental health counseling sessions to those who were affected by what happened.
Nike’s statement came just a day after it was announced that Ezra Blount, a 9-year-old Astroworld attendee, had passed away after being trampled at the festival. He became the 10th and youngest victim to lose their life from being injured at the show.
Blount’s family, along with hundreds of others, have filed lawsuits against Scott and Live Nation for negligence, including failure to provide proper medical attention, crowd control, hiring, supervision, training and retention.
“This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration. Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking,” said attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Blount’s family. “We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief and in prayer.”
Check out the statement from Nike below.
SNKRS App screenshot