Indiana is considering legislation that would require the Indianapolis Colts to offer refunds to fans at home games when members of the team decide to continue to protest the United States and the American Flag during the pre-game National Anthem.
The Bill was submitted by Representative Milo Smith, who told the Indianapolis Star that the legislation was about respecting the National Anthem and the 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 legislation would only apply when the Colts are playing a home game, and the refunds would only be required to be offered if team members chose to kneel during the National Anthem.
The legislation’s support is divided with those who are against the bill arguing that this is an infringement of the players’ and the NFL’s free speech. If the NFL wants to protest the United States, and the players want to protest the nation that made them wealthier and more successful than most Americans could even dream, then that was their constitutionally protected right.
Proponents of the bill think it’s high-time that somebody took action against the NFL protesters. The NFL, they argue, has always been a place where the fans could escape the problems and conflicts of everyday life. In the arenas, and on the field, there was no family problems, there was no concern over whether or not your company was going to stay in business, and, above all, there was no political rhetoric or propaganda from either side of the political spectrum.
That all changed when former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit, during the pre-game National Anthem, as the rest of his team stood respectfully. Kaepernick was later asked about his protest, and he said that he was protesting the United States as a country that oppresses black people. He told NFL News,
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
He went on to say that there were “bodies in the street” and “people getting away with murder,” which was an allusion to to Black Lives Matter narrative that the police are just cruising around neighborhoods and gunning down innocent, unarmed, black men.
Though Kaepernick is no longer a member of the NFL, his protest has lived on with a number of players from different franchises choosing to kneel while the National Anthem is played. These players are continuing the protest of United States because they believe that it is an oppressive country to people like them.
Keep in mind that these are fully grown men who are paid millions of dollars to play with a ball for a living. This is the face of oppression in modern America. Imagine of Martin Luther King Jr. and the other Civil Rights leaders were alive today and saw that the modern-day Civil Rights champions were millionaires who played a recreational activity at a professional level.