In a recently released memo, Kenner Mayor forbids Ben Zahn player clubs from wearing or buying any Nike products.
Kenneth Mayor Ben Zahn repeals his order to ban the city's recreation department from buying Nike products for use at recreational facilities during a press conference, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at a press conference on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Veterans park in Kenner, La. (Photo: AP)
The mayor forbade Nike products after the trademark Colin Kaepernick advertisement debuted has backtracked the order after nationwide attention and advice from the city's lawyer.
Kennel Mayor Ben Zahn forbade the purchase of Nike products for use in recreation facilities in the New Orleans suburb of a leaky memo dated September 5th. Zahn said in a later statement that he was aiming to "protect taxpayer dollars from being used in a political campaign."
But on Wednesday, at a press conference covered by the New Orleans WWL-TV, Zahn announced that he would cancel the memorandum after discussions with the attorney's lawyer. The press conference at Kenners Veterans Park came two days after NFL players from New Orleans Saints joined dozens for a protest bill against Zahn's actions.
Zahn regretted Wednesday that the September 5 memo, "Kenner said in a false and incredible light" but offered no apologies for his issue.
And while Zahn did not directly mention the Nike Kaepernick campaign on Wednesday, he referred to the ad's claim that the former NFL quarterback "sacrificed everything" in choosing to kneel under the national anthem to protest police brutality.
"I am passionate about my country and the brave men and women who lay in the front every day to protect all of us: members of armed forces, our fire forces, our police departments actually sacrifice everything – their lives," said Zahn.
"It's because of the victims that my patriotism will not wait, but my focus must be at the City of Experts and one of the many big projects we have for our city."
Zahn's orders blocked in the reason Kenner-connected booster clubs from buying Nike products for use in any of the city's recreational facilities or wearing Nike products by community staff, so that Nike buys "under no circumstances."
An Kenner Councilman, Gregory Carroll, called it "a direct contradiction" to what "Kenner City should stand for."
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