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Fall out from Kaepernick Nike ad continues

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 12/09/2018 Sacha Mirzabegian
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The fallout continues from Nike’s ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, with a US city banning its parks and recreation department from buying Nike in response to the brand’s decision to use the controversial NFL star in its commercials.

Ben Zahn, the mayor of Kenner, Louisianna, sent out a memo to the city’s parks and recreation director, demanding that none of the city’s leisure supplies budget to be spent at Nike.

In the leaked memo, Zahn took things a step further against the apparel giant, insisting that parent-run organisations that raise funds for school teams, need to seek permission from his office before buying gear from Nike if they wish to use public facilities.

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“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,” his letter read.

“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,” the mayor added in the memo.

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Some red states have called for an all-out boycott of the brand, over Nike’s decision to use Kaepernick in their marketing campaign because of his decision to protest during the US national anthem.

Ex-NFL quarterback took a knee during the national anthem and was later joined by more than 200 NFL players since the 2016 season to protest against police brutality.

Fans have started burning their Nikes in protest after the sports giant signed controversial NFL star Colin Kaepernick as the face of its new ad campaign. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Fans have started burning their Nikes in protest after the sports giant signed controversial NFL star Colin Kaepernick as the face of its new ad campaign.

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