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Mayor Ben Zahn of Kenner, Louisiana Bans Nike

Nike, which has lost billions of dollars in market cap after their controversial decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face for the 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, is in serious trouble. Nike, a publicly traded company, has watched as long-time customers have set their shoes and clothes on fire, a college has removed all Nike logos, and now a city in Louisiana has banned the purchase of any Nike products for their recreational facilities!

Republican Mayor Ben Zahn of Kenner, Lousiana has issued the new rule for their city recreational facilities. He and his city have no interest in a company that endorsed the #takeaknee National Anthem protests, after declaring in 2016 that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

As Mayor Kenner’s official memo reads:

“Effective immediately all purchases made by any booster club operating 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.”

Donna Brazile, who was the interim DNC chair and was the CNN analyst who was fired after leaking questions before a debate to Hillary Clinton, expressed her disappointment in her hometown:

Reportedly, the Mayor has received some pushback from local officials, including a local booster club president who said he’s “100% against the decision” and promised to hold meetings with the Mayor and city council members to “rescind this directive.”

Nike has already suffered a 34% drop in favorability, as their marketing campaign resulted in the company “owning” the NFL’s disastrous “take a knee” campaign problem. As the Morning Consult notes, Nike has to be having second thoughts about the mess they made:

Nike’s Favorability Drops by Double Digits: Before the announcement, Nike had a net +69 favorable impression among consumers, it has now declined 34 points to +35 favorable.

No Boost Among Key Demos: Among younger generations, Nike users, African Americans, and other key demographics, Nike’s favorability declined rather than improved.

Purchasing Consideration Also Down: Before the announcement, 49 percent of Americans said they were absolutely certain or very likely to buy Nike products. That figure is down to 39 percent now.

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Thomas

Thomas is a movement conservative and American patriot. He has a vigorous blue-collar, Jacksonian attitude with a skeptical eye toward pop culture and political correctness. He’s not afraid to sound the alarm about America’s rapid decline. He has worked on political campaigns for over a decade at every level of government.

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  • We live in the city with Nike's headquarters and they oppress free speech of their employees when it comes to religion and morality against homosexuality, among other things. They should move their headquarters to China where oppression and mind control are sanctioned by the government. This country has Plenty of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard and obey laws.

  • Nike made a monumental mistake and it's just beginning , we will make sure we bury them , this is going to be great LOL.

  • Maybe true, but those 16 year olds don't have the money to buy them and the parents, who are getting tired of this 'take a knee' crap are the ones with the cash.

  • That may be but millions of parents control the money of the teenagers who want the Nike brand. At least that portion will hurt them. And according to the report 16-30 year old purchases were down 30%.

  • He is being berated for his stance and a City Councilman is saying he will address this 'problem'. Too bad the councilman doesn't have the guts that the Mayor has. Why would a city back a company honoring a person who condemns our country??? Asinine.

  • Congratulation,Mr Zahn . You chose patriotism over traitors.We, working people of America are with you .

  • Great move by a not so smart politician as this move will not only increase the sales of Nike but give them the kind of free advertising that most corporations work towards.

  • Mike Rowe had some thoughtful comments today on this subject....I'm thinking Nike is thinking of all the feet in China.....sad to see though

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