Friday, December 29, 2017

Indiana lawmaker may get refunds for Colts fans if players kneel during National Anthem

Indianapolis -- NFL fans are sick and tired of players kneeling during the national anthem. Some Colt fans want their money back when players on their team kneel and it's possible these fans may get their wish if recent legislation by an Indiana lawmaker gets approved.

Rep. Milo Smith (R.-IN) represents the Columbus area. He told the Indianapolis Star that kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner is disrespectful to the government, and when he saw it himself he said that "it didn't sit right with me."

He has a point. After all, the title of the national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner," is about the American flag, the symbol of our nation. To kneel during the anthem is disrespecting not only the flag, but what it symbolizes and those who have defended it and do so now. 

"To me, when they take a knee during the national anthem, it's not respecting the national anthem or our country," Smith said. "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."

Smith's bill wouldn't break any laws because it wouldn't stop players from kneeling, but would require the Colts to refund fans who want their money back. Also, it wouldn't require the Colts to refund fans if the opposing team members kneel during the national anthem, only if the Colt players kneel.

A New Orleans Saints season ticket holder filed a lawsuit earlier this month in Louisiana judicial district court claiming an alleged demonstration during the team's September 17 home game against the New England Patriots created an angry atmosphere that has since made his tickets unusable. He is seeking attorney's fees and an $8,000 refund.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if every fan decided that enough is enough.


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