New Orleans Saints players Cam Jordan, Craig Robertson, Terron Armstead and Chris Banjo attended the “Unity in Community” rally in Kenner to voice their displeasure about the mayor’s city-wide ban on purchasing Nike products for rec facilities.
After the release of the company’s “Dream Crazy” campaign starring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Mayor Ben Zahn issued a memo ordering the city’s rec department and booster clubs to no longer buy Nike apparel, shoes or equipment, according to NOLA.com.
The tagline of the Nike commercial is “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
“Nike’s message of inclusion and encouragement for everyone to be their best and dream big,” Zahn’s statement began.
But Zahn claims the company is promoting and selling a political message “…in its zeal to sell shoes.”
“This government will not let taxpayer dollars be used to promote a company’s or individual’s political position, platform or principle. That’s my position as a matter of fairness to all,” Zahn’s statement said.
The Saints players attended the rally to show support to the community and use their platform as public figures to express their views.
— Travers Mackel (@TraversWDSU) September 10, 2018
Jordan, a defensive end, spends time playing pick up sports at the facilities.
“We needed to show up to understand how the people feel about this [decision],” Jordan said.
Armstead, an offensive tackle that resides in Kenner, explains why he offered to lend his voice.
“I wanted to be amongst the people,” said Armstead, who was in abject “disbelief” when he first read the in-house memo.
“It didn’t seem real to me,” Armstead said to reporters at the rally. “I don’t how you can ban a product to a whole community based on personal whatever.”