A Louisiana mayor points a memo on Wednesday to the town’s booster golf equipment and recreation division saying that they don’t seem to be allowed to buy any Nike merchandise, following the information that the corporate selected Colin Kaepernick as of 1 the faces for its 30th-anniversary advert marketing campaign, in line with CNN.
Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn addressed the memo to the director of the Parks and Recreation Division, Chad Pitfield.
“On no account will any Nike product or any product with the Nike emblem be bought to be used or supply at any Metropolis of Kenner Recreation Facility,” he wrote within the Sept. 5 memo.
The memo, which was meant to be non-public, leaked to the general public and finally made its approach to Kenner Metropolis Council member, who didn’t learn about Zahn’s choice to ban Nike.
“I used to be not made conscious of this choice beforehand and it’s in direct contradiction of what I stand for and what the town of Kenner ought to stand for,” Councilman Gregory Carroll wrote in a publish on Fb.
“I’m 100% AGAINST this choice. I’ll meet with the mayor and different council members in an effort to rescind this directive. I’ll hold the residents of Kenner, and the Higher New Orleans space knowledgeable as we transfer ahead,” Carroll added.
In an announcement, Zahn stated he didn’t need taxpayers paying for the corporate’s “political agenda.”
“My inside memo attracts the road on letting corporations revenue from taxpayers by espousing political opinions. My choice disallowing Nike from cashing in on our taxpayers whereas they’re utilizing their highly effective voice as a political device is my message,” Zhan stated.
The mayor added that “in fact” he’s not banning individuals from sporting Nike merchandise on the town playgrounds, however that his aim is to guard the taxpayer cash.
Response to Nike’s choice to carry Kaepernick aboard for its new marketing campaign has been blended.
Many really feel that the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback was disrespecting the American flag and the army when he kneeled throughout the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality throughout the 2016 NFL season.
Just a few conservatives took to social media and expressed their displeasure by burning their Nike-branded footwear.
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Nonetheless, the protest towards Nike attire didn’t appear to have a dent within the model’s gross sales.
On-line gross sales for Nike merchandise jumped 31 p.c as soon as the advert was revealed, in line with NBC Information.