NFL players and teams have stood by the ‘Take A Knee’ clowns and their right to protest the anthem and the flag no matter how unpopular it is with fans. Will they keep it up if it costs them revenue?
The Indiana Colts just might have to make that decision.
Under new legislation filed this week in Indiana, if Colts players kneel in protest of the anthem, any Colts fan angered by that demonstration would have the right to demand a refund from the team.
Republican Rep. Milo Smith told the Indianapolis Star, that the impetus for the bill came when he witnessed the Colts protest at a game in September. As Smith described it, it was something that “didn’t sit right with me.”
“To me when they take a knee during the national anthem, it’s not respecting the national anthem or our country,” Smith explained. “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 explained that the proposed legislation wouldn’t ban Colts players from kneeling — but would allow fans to request a refund if they did. It also wouldn’t allow the fans to demand a refund if the opposing team kneels during the anthem.
The Colts aren’t the only ones facing this kind of action.
The New Orleans Saints are facing a lawsuit from a season ticket holder seeking a refund for his season tickets as well as attorney’s fees. Lee Dragna filed the suit against the team claiming that the anthem protest has prevented him and his family from enjoying the game.
Dragna hasn’t been to a game since the first home game of the season on September 17 against the New England Patriots. He said that some of the players didn’t come out during the anthem, and when they did, they passed right by his seats. The rowdy, angry response by fans booing and yelling at Saints players as they passed by has made his tickets unusable. As a businessman, Dragna would sometimes give his tickets to customers, but he cannot do that, either.
He said that some of the behavior by fans — yelling, spilling beer, and cursing, is borderline dangerous.
Dragna claims that the Saints and not the angry fans are ultimately responsible because the team has created the behavior by condoning the actions of the players that is angering the fans.
‘It’s my thought pattern that (players) should not be allowed (to protest),’ Dragna said. ‘If you sell tickets to a gaming event for entertainment, you should not be allowed to turn it political.’
You know what happens when you do that?
You alienate fans.
And the next thing you know, you don’t have any fans left.
A shirt that aptly describes the NFL — No Fans Left.
NFL’s TV ratings are plummeting as more players refuse to stand for the national anthem. It’s hard to believe that a nation that has given these players the opportunity to achieve so much is so easily disrespected. Even worse, consider the men and women who have laid down their lives so that these athletes could live in a relatively safe country and enjoy their fame and fortune.
Hard-working, patriotic Americans don’t want to watch a bunch of whiners play football. They want to watch winners.
And the best part? This shirt is made in the USA, printed in the USA, on an American-Made t-shirt press!
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by Doug Giles
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