The mayor of Kenner, Louisiana banned Nike products from his city’s recreation facilities after the company announced NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its 30th-anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, HuffPost reports.
Kenner Mayor E. Ben Zahn III sent an order Wednesday demanding that all products bought by sports booster clubs for “apparel, shoes, athletic equipment and/or any athletic product” to be used in city recreation facilities must have all purchases approved by the city.
“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,” Zahn said.
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
Kenner City Councilman Gregory Carroll slammed Zahn’s move in a Facebook post, saying he was “100% AGAINST this decision,” which he called “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,” Carroll said. “I will meet with the Mayor and other Council members in an effort to rescind this directive.”