Louisiana Mayor Bans Use of Nike Products at City’s Rec Center


Mayor Ben Zahn of Kenner City, Louisiana released a statement demanding no Nike products be used or bought by the city’s recreational center, which is presumably due to the athletic company’s decision to run ads supporting former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests against police brutality.

The mayor signed and sent the following memo to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department Director Chad Pitfield, per WBRZ 2:

“Effective immediately all purchases made by the booster club operating at any Kenner Recreation Facility for wearing apparel, shoes, athletic equipment, and/or any athletic product must be approved by the Director of Parks and Recreation, or his designee. Under no circumstances will any Nike product or any product with the Nike logo be purchased or used…at any City of Kenner Recreation Facility.”

The statement comes amid a national outcry against Nike from conservatives, as the company had Kaepernick lead their 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign — with the slogan “believe in something even it means sacrificing everything,” since he lost his job in the NFL after his protests racism against America’s justice system.

The conservative boycotts and attacks haven’t hurt Nike, however, as the company’s online sales shot up after the controversy over the ad flared up.

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