New Orleans, Louisiana mayor, chose to rescind his order, banning the city’s recreation department from buying any Nike products.
Ben Zahn, the mayor in question, says the reason for reneging on the ban was due to advice from the city attorney.
He says that the memorandum was dividing the city and making them look bad nationwide scale.
The order that was set in place came only days after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick appeared in an ad for Nike.
In 2016, Kaepernick began to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. He did so as a means of protest against social injustice and police brutality.
Louisiana Mayor Chooses To Renege On Nike Ban
Zahn’s decision to ban Nike apparel was drawing in a lot of negating criticism from not only those living in the city.
In the memorandum, is said that recreational facilities could no longer use or purchase Nike products. Also, the parks and recreation department director were to approve all athletic purchases by those using any of their facilities.
There was no mention of Kaepernick’s name in the memo or during Zahn’s statement clarifying the memorandum. In Zahn’s announcement on Monday, he said that he applauded Nike’s message of inclusion.
However, he says that the company was using politics to sell their shoes.
On Monday, hundreds of people came out to protest the band including team members of the New Orleans Saints’ football team. The Urban League of Louisiana questioned if the memo was legal, also that it violates our First Amendment rights.
Zahn was unapologetic at Wednesday’s news conference.
The Louisana mayor went on to say that his patriotism stands. However, the attention needs to remain on the residents who live in the city of Kenner. Also, on everything that he and his team have in store for them.