Louisiana Mayor Issues Nike Product Ban From City’s Recreational Facilities

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:

Commenters did not mince words reacting to the mayor’s ban:

Louisiana rapper, Dee-1, wasn’t having it: 

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:

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.”

He said:

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.

These two comments say it all:

H/T: HuffPost, Twitter