The blowback against Nike continues over their new “Just Do It” ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. At least one store is selling off its Nike apparel at half price, a school is removing Nike from teams’ uniforms and fans are burning their shoes in protest. It’s not exactly what I would call good PR.
In Louisiana last week, a mayor sent out a memo banning his city’s recreation department from purchasing any Nike products. Kenner City Mayor Ben Zahn took a principled stand and seems to have declared that on Sept. 5, that “under no circumstances” should Nike products or any product with the Nike logo be purchased, WBRZ 2 reported Saturday.
The memorandum was circulated on social media, bearing the City of Kenner letterhead and Zahn’s signature. Works for me. The mayor just royally stuck it to Nike and the ban is effective immediately.
Sounds like a great place to live if you ask me. That’s one mayor that should be reelected stat. This mayor joins business owners, police officers and military veterans who are definitively telling Nike where they can stuff their brand over supporting a cop-hating Black Lives Matter social justice warrior like Colin Kaepernick.
Zahn had his office send the memo to Parks and Recreation Department Director Chad Pitfield on Sept. 5, according to what appears to be a copy of the letter posted to WBRZ. I love it. Nice to see a mayor with some stones out there.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
The local media got a hold of the memo which allegedly states that “effective immediately,” any booster club operating at city recreation facilities must have their purchases approved by Pitfield — including apparel, shoes, athletic equipment “and/or any athletic product.” Sounds by the book to me. If you are using city recreation facilities, you are in effect, bound by their rules.
Below is Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn, left, laughing with City Councilman-elect George Branigan who is wearing a “Make Kenner Great” hat.
In a post on the City of Kenner, District 1 Facebook page, Councilman Gregory Carroll went the other direction. He responded to the memo in a public Facebook post on Sunday, “I was not made aware of this decision beforehand and it is in direct contradiction of what I stand for and what the City of Kenner should stand for. I am 100% AGAINST this decision. I will meet with the Mayor and other Council members in an effort to rescind this directive.” And just like that… Carroll should be voted out of office over this.
This comes just days after Nike made their fateful announcement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be the face of its 30th-anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. Behold yet another consequence of Nike’s tone-deafness when it comes to a huge segment of their clientele.
Zahn did not mention Kaepernick by name in his memo. He’s no dummy and that was almost certainly by design. He’s protecting himself and the city legally here from leftist activists and lawfare.
And if you had any doubt that Zahn truly feels that way, it definitely appears so:
“Although Zahn did not respond Sunday to requests for comment, he did speak on the issue a week earlier at Kenner’s Freedom Fest at the Lake.
“She’s going to come out and do our National Anthem because this is not the NFL football players, right? This is the city of Kenner. In the city of Kenner we all stand,” he told the crowd prior to a performance of the anthem.”
President Trump and many, many Americans are ticked over Nike’s move here. Some of them are posting videos on social media showing the destruction of Nike products. Who can blame them at this point?
Although Nike’s stock price plummeted immediately after their ad campaign announcement, according to various media and financial outlets, their stock soared 31 percent over the last week. I do not think that will hold, but who knows? It doesn’t change how I view their deplorable actions here.
Kaepernick is now a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He’s also now the face of Nike and will make millions selling their product lines. All by his lonesome, Kaepernick has made hating America, police officers, military veterans and first responders profitable after he started his kneeling craze during the National Anthem.
This is one of the most shameful things to ever happen in this nation and I stand with Mayor Zahn in his apparent disgust over the whole situation. One wonders if the NFL will survive all this. Frankly, I don’t care anymore.
Mayor Zahn is not commenting right now and I don’t blame him. Democrats are circling to attack him. I hope he stands his ground on this and shows how Nike just blew it.
— Nike (@Nike) September 5, 2018
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NFL Partners With Rapper Jay-Z To Co-Produce Super Bowl Show – ‘Will Inspire Social Change’
This will further destroy the NFL. A sport that Americans once loved. This will only be a disaster for the NFL.
Majority of America is beyond tired of this Anti-American garbage. So..continue on, NFL. You will continue to lose more and more supporters.
The NFL has announced that it has turned over a large portion of the decision making process for the Super Bowl halftime show, as well as other music and entertainment decisions, to social justice activist and rapper Jay-Z and his Roc Nation entertainment company.
Given the activist politics of Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, league entertainment choices will likely be heavily driven by “woke” motivations.
On Tuesday, the NFL announced that it was partnering with Roc Nation for the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show. But subsequent reports have noted that Jay-Z’s entertainment company will have far more responsibilities than just programming the 2020 Super Bowl.
According to ESPN, the league is handing over most of its entertainment decisions to Jay-Z, including, making him the co-producer of the Super Bowl.
The rapper celebrated the move:
“With its global reach, the National Football League has the platform and opportunity to inspire change across the country,” the rapper said in a statement. “Roc Nation has shown that entertainment and enacting change are not mutually exclusive ideas — instead, we unify them. This partnership is an opportunity to strengthen the fabric of communities across America.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also touted the partnership:
“Roc Nation is one of the most globally influential and impactful organizations in entertainment,” Goodell said on Wednesday. “The NFL and Roc Nation share a vision of inspiring meaningful social change across our country. We are thrilled to partner with Roc Nation and look forward to making a difference in our communities together.”
The deal hands Jay-Z responsibility for “creation and distribution of music content across multiple music and streaming services, as well as consult and collaborate on the production, promotion, and marketing of live music events,” ESPN wrote. Continue Reading
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U.S. Fencer Pulls A ‘Kaepernick’ On Medal Stand During Anthem – WATCH
These people are supposed to representing our country..and instead, are a total embarrassment. If you don’t love this country.. don’t put on that uniform. In fact, you are free to leave.
What a perfect opportunity for Race Imboden to defect. He should renounce his US citizenship, and say goodbye forever to the country he hates so much.
Men and women have died for our freedom. Precious blood was spilled for this country. If you hate it.. why are you here? Why represent a country you hate? Liberals are hate-filled lunatics.
These people don’t represent us!
A member of the U.S. men’s fencing team took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner on Friday, at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Race Imboden an Olympic medalist and member of the U.S. men’s foil team, took a knee after his team won the gold at the games. He also took to Twitter to exclaim how ashamed he is of the United States, the Washington Post reported.
“Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list,” Imboden tweeted. “I chose to [sacrifice] my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change”
and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list.
I chose to sacrifie my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.
— Race Imboden (@Race_Imboden) August 10, 2019
Imboden now shares a bronze with Canadian Maximilien van Haaster for men’s foil and was part of the U.S. team’s gold win in team foil at this year’s Pan Am Games.
Mark Jones, vice president of communications for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, issued a statement noting that Imboden violated the rules of the games with his protest against the United States.
“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC,” Jones said.
“We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment. Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result,” Jones added.
Imboden’s teammates, Gerek Meinhardt, and Nick Itkin, both stood at attention during the national anthem. Continue Reading
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