GOP Lawmaker Wants To Punish New Orleans Saints For Protesting Against Police Brutality
Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard wants to withdraw “millions of state tax dollars, tax exemptions and tax credits” allocated to the New Orleans Saints because many of the players kneeled during the National Anthem to protest police brutality against black people.
In a press release, the GOP lawmaker falsely claimed the players were protesting military troops who had died for the country, notes WWLT:
It is a disgrace to the men and woman of this nation and state who have sacrificed so much. Disrespecting our National Anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy.
The very reason they have the privilege and opportunity to play professional football while being paid millions is because someone in uniform died protecting their right to do so.
Our free society made possible by our fighting men and women has made available free education, free lunch, housing and free healthcare and is now be considered socially unjust.
The Times-Picayune has reported that the New Orleans Saints will make nearly $400 million via state subsidies through 2025, per an analysis by Forbes.