“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,” a leaked memo from the mayor’s desk read.
No more Nike ban in Kenner
On Wednesday, Zahn backed off his ban.
With the backdrop of a U.S. Air Force fighter jet at a park in the New Orleans suburb, Zahn announced that the swoosh was once again welcome in Kenner.
Citing advice from his city attorney, Zahn rescinded the Nike ban that “placed Kenner in a false and unflattering light on the national stage” in hopes of “bringing this city back together,” The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Nike’s alliance with Kaepernick drew controversy because of his leadership role as NFL players protest social justice issues during the national anthem. The advertising campaign prompted some to light their own Nike gear on fire and Zahn to implement the Kenner ban.
Mayor’s Nike ban drew widespread ridicule
Zahn’s announcement came on the heels of local and national ridicule for the ban that drew legal and political criticism. Residents protested the ban, accusing the mayor of “dividing us.”
“We’re pleased the mayor reconsidered his divisive stance and rescinded this unconstitutional policy,” Louisiana ACLU official Alanah Odoms Hebert told The Times Picayune. “The reversal of this ban is good news for the people of Kenner and all Louisianians who have a constitutional right to express their political views free from government censorship or discrimination.”
Councilman supports social justice
Jefferson Parish Councilman Mark Spears Jr. also applauded the decision.
“I was completely against the policy,” Spears said. “I support inclusion and social justice.”
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