Mayor of Louisiana withdraws Nike ban after rebuff from the community and council of lawyer

Mayor of Louisiana withdraws Nike ban after rebuff from the community and council of lawyer

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In a recent memo, Kenner mayor Ben Zahn prohibits booster clubs from carrying or buying Nike products.
WWL

The mayor, who banned Nike products after the Colin Kaepernick brand debut, has backed down after nationwide attention and advice from the town's lawyer.

Kenner 's mayor Ben Zahn banned the purchase of Nike products for use in recreational facilities in the New Orleans suburb a leaked memo from the 5th of September. Zahn said in a later statement that he wanted "to protect taxpayers' money from being used in a political campaign".

But on Wednesday, at a press conference covered by New Orleans WWL-TV, Zahn announced that he would lift the memorandum following talks with Kenner's lawyer. The press conference at Kenner's Veterans Park took place two days after the participation of NFL players from the New Orleans Saints in a protest rally against Zahn's actions.

Zahn complained on Wednesday that the memorandum of 5 September "put connoisseurs in a wrong and unflattering light", but offered no excuse for its issue.

And while Zahn did not directly mention Nikes Kaepernick's campaign on Wednesday, he hinted at the ad that the former NFL quarterback "sacrificed everything" by deciding to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

"I am passionate about my country and the brave men and women who face the front line every day to protect us all: military personnel, our fire brigades, our police departments are actually sacrificing everything – their lives," Zahn said.

"Because of these sacrifices, my patriotism will not waver, but my focus must be on the city of Kenner and the many great projects we have for our city."

Zahn's arrangement basically blocked Kenner-affiliated booster clubs from buying Nike products for the city's leisure facilities or wearing Nike products from Community employees, allowing Nike purchases "under no circumstances."

A connoisseur city council, Gregory Carroll, called it "a direct contradiction" to what the city of connoisseurs should stand for.

Nikes online sales increased by 31 percent after the debut of Kaepernick ads, according to a study.

Follow Josh Hafner on Twitter: @joshhafner

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