Governments boycotting Nike — or considering it — are mounting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island town is considering asking its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, and the American Civil Liberties Union is objecting.
The North Smithfield Town Council plans Monday evening to discuss a resolution. Council President John Beauregard is a former state trooper who is upset with Nike’s decision to use former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in ads.
North Smithfield hasn’t said what it buys from Nike, if anything. The ACLU of Rhode Island says it could be held liable for violating the First Amendment.
The mayor of a New Orleans suburb recently rescinded a similar directive based on the city attorney’s advice.
Mississippi’s public safety chief said over the weekend that state police would no longer buy Nike products.
Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.