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Lawmaker Wants To Refund Fans When Athletes Take A Knee

Proposed legislation would allow fans of one National Football League team to demand refunds when the players kneel in protest.

Rep. Milo Smith, a Republican lawmaker in Indiana, introduced the bill last week, targeting the Indianapolis Colts. If the state’s Legislature approves the measure, those who buy tickets to attend the team’s games will be able to get their money back following on-field demonstrations.

Many athletes have been protesting racial injustice and police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem, which has sparked considerable controversy.

According to American Web Media, Smith declared that the protests do “not sit right with me.”

He explained: “When they take a knee during the national anthem, it’s not respecting the national anthem or our country. Our government isn’t perfect, but it’s still the best country in the world, and I think we need to be respectful of it.”

The politician acknowledged that the state cannot outlaw kneeling.

President Trump has led the opposition to the demonstrations, arguing that the players are disrespecting the U.S. flag. He has called on team owners to fire or suspend any “son of a b****” who kneels.

The protesters insist that they are merely exercising their constitutional rights. However, many people apparently agree with Trump, as evidenced by slumping attendance at NFL games and some fans’ decision to burn their team merchandise.

On Oct. 8, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an Indianapolis Colts game to show his disapproval of players taking a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a game against the San Francisco 49ers. He tweeted: “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

A former 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, was the first athlete to refuse to stand for the anthem at a pre-season game in 2016.

Many of the president’s critics consider his opposition to the protests another example of racism, since the vast majority of the players who take a knee are African-American. Trump has frequently been called a bigot due to his inflammatory comments on the campaign trail and since taking office.

He continually lashes out at Muslims and recently described Haiti and nations in Africa as “shithole countries.” Last month, the president claimed that Haitians “all have AIDS.”

According to The New York Times, Trump has exhibited racist tendencies since at least the 1970s, when the U.S. Justice Department sued him and his father twice for allegedly refusing to rent their apartments to African-Americans. In 1989, Trump paid for a full-page newspaper advertisement to demand capital punishment for five black and Latino teenagers who were charged with raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park.

Although the suspects were later vindicated, Trump has continued to insist that they were guilty.

The real-estate mogul was a leader of the so-called “birther” movement, which claimed that former President Obama had been born in Africa rather than Hawaii. During the race for the White House in 2015 and 2016, Trump slammed Mexicans, calling them “killers” and “rapists.”

On Monday, the president refused to attend any commemorative events honoring the slain civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Trump and his spokeswoman have denied that he is a racist.

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