Nike Announces Travis Scott’s Air Max 1 Retraction Following the Astroworld Tragedy

Nike and Travis Scott have delayed the release of their Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack sneaker collection. The news comes after Astroworld’s 10th victim was killed in a tragedy. Ezra Blount was a 9-year old boy who was trampled during the concert and died on Sunday. Hundreds of people were injured at the Houston fest on Nov. 5 following a massive crowd surge during Scott’s headlining set.

“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 brand published an update on Monday to its SNKRS App. It’s unclear if and when the company might release it. The shoe was initially expected to arrive Dec. 16.

Scott has become a multi-million dollar brand, with deals that span fashion to food — such as his upcoming spring/summer menswear collection partnership with design house Dior and a special meal offering at McDonald’s last year. There is also Scott’s collaboration with Fortnite, which pulled the “Out West” emote that featured a snippet of his song of the same name from the game’s item shop last week, as New York Post notes.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed against Scott as well as Live Nation promoters, just over a week following the tragedy. Blount’s family is among those suing. ScoreMore employees, who are also promoters of Astroworld, have recently examined the company for disorganization and cost-cutting.

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