Kenner, Louisiana Mayor Ben Zahn outlawed all Nike products from the city’s recreation department in a memorandum issued September 5
The order was not released through City Hall but found it’s way to social media
Councilman Gregory Carroll had no clue of Zahn’s decision
The order was made two days after the debut of Nike’s ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick
Following a failed attempt to #BoycottNike by social media users angry at the company’s new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, Kenner, Louisiana Mayor Ben Zahn has placed a ban on Nike products for the city’s recreation department.
The memorandum was made on September 5 — two days after the debut of Nike’s ad campaign — but was not made public by City Hall. The documents still found it’s way to social media where it began gaining the public’s attention.
Effective immediately all purchases made by any booster club at any Kenner Recreation Facility for wearing apparel, shoes, athletic equipment, and/or any athletic product must be approved by the Director of Parks and Recreation, or his designee. 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.
District 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll made a statement on Facebook responding to the decision. In his response, Carroll says he was not only against the decision but he was not even aware it was happening.
Good Morning to all my Family and Friends of the City of Kenner!
Last night a disturbing memorandum was circulated that the City of Kenner Mayor E. Ben Zahn wrote to the Kenner Recreation Director, directing him, regarding Booster Club Purchases, banning Nike products, usage or delivery of all Kenner Recreational Facilities. 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. I am 100% AGAINST this decision. I will meet with the Mayor and other Council members in an effort to rescind this directive. I will keep the citizens of Kenner, and the Greater New Orleans area informed as we move forward.
Councilman Gregory Carroll
City of Kenner
As social media users began burning their shoes and trashing their Nike gear in protest of the ad campaign, the company took what appeared to be an initial hit. Now experts are saying sales for the company have raised 31% in the days since the ad debut. Comparing Nike’s sales for the same period last year shows a 17% sales growth.