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Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Zahn banned doing business with Nike, which recently unveiled a “Dream Crazy” advertising campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last year ignited protests against racial inequality by kneeling during the National Anthem prior to games. The Nike ads have generated passionate reactions in favor and against.

 

Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

 

When he first saw the memo from Zahn banning business with the company, Armstead said he experienced “disbelief.”

“It didn’t seem real to me. I don’t how you can ban a product to a whole community based on personal whatever,” he told reporters at the rally.

Travers Mackel@TraversWDSU

Breaking: More with @camjordan94 at @CityofKenner rally after mayor issued @Nike ban.

According to legal experts, the ban could run afoul of Kenner residents’ free speech protections. Meanwhile, Zahn’s first public comments about the memo explained that the policy was made to “protect taxpayer dollars from being used in a political campaign.”

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu also spoke out Monday afternon, calling the ban “unpatriotic.”

Mitch Landrieu@MitchLandrieu

Nike ban by Kenner mayor is unpatriotic.The ad is about inclusion. Our nation’s diversity is our greatest strength. E pluribus unum-we are a sum of many parts. America’s strength comes from our ability to work together – people from different races & backgrounds into a nation.

Can Kenner's mayor block Nike from booster clubs?

Can Kenner’s mayor block Nike from booster clubs?

Experts say issue depends on if booster clubs receive any city government funding, but free-speech protections could still play a factor.

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