Louisana mayor issues memo banning city from buying Nike products after company unveiled ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick

Monday, September 10, 2018
By Paul Martin

Ben Zahn, the mayor of Kenner, issued a memo to the city’s Recreation Director
He banned recreation department and booster clubs from buying Nike goods
Directive came two days after Nike unveiled its campaign featuring Kaepernick

10 September 2018

The mayor of a Louisiana city issued a memo banning the purchase of Nike products after the company unveiled a major ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick.

Ben Zahn, the mayor of Kenner, issued a memo demanding the city’s recreation department and booster clubs that operate at the city’s facilities stop purchasing or accepting deliveries of Nike apparel, shoes or equipment, Nola.com reports.

Zahn’s memo, on September 5, to Recreation Director Chad Pitfield on his official mayor’s letterhead was not made public, but is now circulating on social media.

‘Under no circumstances will any Nike product or product with the Nike logo be purchased for use or delivery at any city of Kenner recreation facility,’ it said, according to Nola.com.

The missive doesn’t make any reference to Nike’s ‘Dream Crazy’ campaign featuring the former NFL quarterback, which was unveiled two days before.

But the directive quickly attracted a backlash from Kenner councilman Gregory Carroll, who wrote on Facebook that he wasn’t aware of the decision.

Branding the memo ‘disturbing,’ he wrote: ‘It is in direct contradiction of what I stand for and what the City of Kenner should stand for.

‘I am 100% AGAINST this decision. I will meet with the Mayor and other Council members in an effort to rescind this directive.’

Kenner booster club president Owen Rey added to WWL: ‘If we have something that we feel is going to benefit our kids, it shouldn’t matter what logo, what brand as long as it helps the kids.’

Nike revealed last week that it was featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick in its campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the ‘Just Do It’ slogan.

Kaepernick, who triggered a political firestorm after kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice, has not played in the NFL since early last year.

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