REPORT: NFL Owners Consider Rule Change Requiring Players To Stand For National Anthem
President Donald Trump called on Congress to end the tax cuts for NFL teams who continue to disrespect the US national anthem, flag and our country.
The president tweeted this out on Tuesday.
Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Last week Florida Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz called on Congress to end the tax-exempt status of the NFL’s business office.
Congressman Gaetz went on with OANN’sLiz Wheeler to discuss ending the NFL tax breaks.
Rep. Matt Gaetz is calling on Congress to end the tax-exempt status of the NFL’s business office in the wake of controversy over players and team owners kneeling during the national anthem.
Gaetz, Northwest Florida’s Republican congressman, took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday and said players have a constitutional right to free speech, but Americans shouldn’t subsidize a sport whose players act unpatriotically.
“When people kneel during our national anthem, they don’t simply indict the issue with which they have some particular grievance,” said Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. “They indict our country, our service members, our first-responders, our founding fathers and the principles that made this country great.”
Is it possible NFL owners are “kneeling,” to pressure by President Trump? A new report by CNBC says NFL owners are considering implementing a blanket rule mandating players to stand for the National Anthem.
The owners of the NFL are reportedly considering a rule change that would make it mandatory for players to stand during the national anthem.
A league spokesman said that the owners would discuss the potential change during a meeting next week, Dow Jones reported.
In recent seasons, primarily black professional football players have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. The protests started after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year began kneeling during the anthem to protest police mistreatment of black Americans.