The mayor of Kenner, Louisiana, issued a memo banning Nike products from the city’s recreation facilities last week—another retaliatory reaction to Nike’s latest ad campaign which features former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
The ban from conservative Mayor E. Ben Zahn III also states that any and all apparel and equipment purchased by sports booster clubs for use in the city’s recreational facilities must be approved by the city, according to HuffPost.
The memo says:
Under no circumstances will any Nike product or any product with the Nike logo be purchased for use or delivery at any City of Kenner Recreation facility.
Here’s the story on Twitter:
The mayor of Kenner, Louisiana has sought to ban the local recreation department from buying or accepting the delivery of any Nike products, according to a leaked memo https://t.co/s0RIkaXy6w
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 10, 2018
Commenters did not mince words reacting to the mayor’s ban:
You are a special kind of stupid elected official when you bring your racism to work and let it show in a written memo. He should be forced to resign.
— bookstax (@bookstax) September 10, 2018
I wish I lived in Kenner just so I could be the first person to file suit against net this idiot!
— ALTSPINN (@altspinn) September 10, 2018
Louisiana rapper, Dee-1, wasn’t having it:
It disappoints me that this is happening in my state. The Mayor of Kenner is trying to ban all Nike apparel and equipment from children’s sports and playgrounds. I would like to have a conversation with him when i return from this European Tour. Not to fuss, just to build. pic.twitter.com/gRCoCN3nQP
— Dee-1; IG @dee1music (@Dee1music) September 9, 2018
Praying that you get that conversation. There are segments of the population who are really upset with Nike for having Colin Kaepernick in its ad. Why? It;s not like he was kneeling to be disrespectful, but rather to challenge this country to truly be the land of liberty for all.
— Mary B. Banks (@mbanks6) September 9, 2018
Amazing how they put so much energy into trying to ruin anyone or company who supports Kap but don’t give two cents about the black lives lost to police brutality, which is the point of the protest.
— Mission Possible (@Brujo_Oscuro) September 9, 2018
Formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick came under fire in 2016 when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
Ever since Kaepernick was announced as the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just do it” campaign, there’s been a swift backlash from conservatives who burned their Nike shoes in protest.
President Trump denounced the ad campaign on Twitter, falsely stating that Nike was, “getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts.”
However, the backlash has not had the desired effect. Since the ad aired, Nike’s sales have increased by 31% according to Time.
Now, this mayor’s decision is having a similar effect on people:
It is disappointing! More Trump inspired behavior. I stand with Nike and plan to give them more of my business.
— Suz (@sflentie) September 9, 2018
Trigger Warning pic.twitter.com/LRMxEvGdBC
— (@sngardiner) September 10, 2018
Not everyone in the city’s government feels the same as the mayor. Kenner City Councilman Gregory Carroll wrote in a Facebook post that he is “100% against this decision.”
I was not made aware of this decision beforehand and it is in direct contradiction of what I stand for and what the City of Kenner should stand for. I will meet with the Mayor and other Council members in an effort to rescind this directive.
Under this mayor's leadership, citizens wearing #Nike products will likely be harassed, arrested or worse.
— waterwaves (@_orchid_blue) September 10, 2018
Here's hoping @Nike donates a whole lot of stuff to the facility, which can then say it played by the “rule” by not purchasing it, and then everybody can wear it anyway.
— ℝ (@randeedawn) September 10, 2018
These two comments say it all:
Grow up jerky mayor
— Dee Kenny (@dkennycpd) September 10, 2018
Okay stupid have fun with that.
— out 0f it (@thenewalliance2) September 10, 2018