‘It is in direct contradiction of what I stand for and what the City of Kenner should stand for…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A Louisiana mayor has faced harsh criticism for considering a ban of all Nike products at city recreational facilities, in protest of Nike’s ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick.
Mayor Ben Zahn of Kenner, a suburb of New Orleans, signed and sent a memo on Sept. 5 to the director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
It states: “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,” WDSU News reported.
The memo was released the same day Nike announced its new campaign.
The memo surfaced on social media, though it’s unclear how it was uncovered.
Zahn has not responded, but City Councilman Gregory Carroll said the city council was not made aware of this decision.
He said the memo was “disturbing.”
“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,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “I am 100% AGAINST this decision.”
Nike’s new ad campaign has been highly controversial, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” slogan.
Kaepernick is just one of its faces; his ad shows a close-up of his face with the caption, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Kaepernick began the movement of kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 NFL season.
After the ad’s release, citizens and companies that found Kaepernick’s kneeling unpatriotic and disrespectful have called for a boycott of Nike.
Zahn is not the only mayor who has ordered the city to end its affiliation with the company.