The Mayor of Kenner City in Louisiana, Ben Zahn has just shut down Nike Products used or purchased by the city’s recreational center. This is in response to their support and backing of former San Francisco 49ers benched quarterback turned activist Colin Kaepernick, who they started a campaign and allegedly paid him handsomely.
Kaepernick’s activist expediency centered around publicly kneeling down during the playing of the National Anthem to supposedly highlight police brutality against young black men across America.
“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 mayor’s office said in a memorandum to Parks and Recreation Department Director Chad Pitfield.
The memorandum was circulated on social media, bearing the City of Kenner letterhead and Zahn’s signature.
The memo says that. effective immediately, any booster club operating at city recreation facilities must have their purchases of athletic equipment, including clothing or shoes, approved by Pitfield.
On Sept. 3, Nike announced that former NFL player Colin Kaepernick would be the face of the 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. Kaepernick received national attention when he began taking a knee during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice.
It’s a billion dollar company a few times over but if more start to do this to support law enforcement across America, things could change for that company.
Do you think Nike saw this coming? Do you think there will be more backlash from other mayors and city council members across the nation?
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