Lawmaker wants tax dollars cut to Saints after players protest during national anthem

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CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 24: The New Orleans Saints stand during the National Anthem before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

 A Louisiana lawmakers wants to cut millions of state dollars going to the New Orleans Saints.

State Representative Kenneth Havard wants the money cut after several players of the New Orleans Saints sat during the national anthem during Sunday’s game against the Panthers. 

Several players took part in the protest following comments from President Trump calling for the players that kneel during the anthem to be fired.

The Saints have received tax exemptions and tax credits from the state of Louisiana.

Here’s the statement from Rep. Havard:

“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. 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. 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. It is time the taxpayers quit subsidizing protest on big boy playgrounds. I believe in the right to protest but, not at a taxpayer subsidized sporting event. Do it on your own time. There are plenty of disabled children, elderly and veterans in this state that would appreciate the money.”

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