Louisiana lawmaker uses Saints' anthem protest to threaten to rescind state funds

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At least one Louisiana lawmaker wants to cut state tax dollars paid to the New Orleans Saints after several players didn't stand for the national anthem during yesterday's game.

Quarterback Drew Brees stood for the anthem, but criticized Trump for calling players who sat "son of a --" during an event at which the president spoke Friday night. The repercussions came in on Monday, with Louisiana House Representative Kenny Havard seizing the opportunity to threaten to redirect state funds away from the Saints. "Fire or suspend!" the president said in a tweet. Many shared a statement from the Saints that said they supported inclusion and equality, and their players' decision to kneel during the anthem.

"It is time the taxpayers quit subsidizing protest on big boy playgrounds", Havard said.

"I would say, personally, I'm disappointed in the comments that were made. I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office", Payton said Sunday after his team thumped the Carolina Panthers 34-13. Brees also said that his teammates didn't talk to him about their protest, and he'd like to have an open dialogue with them.

State Rep. Randal Gaines, a New Orleans Democrat and vice chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, said he thinks it's appropriate for the legislature to review the generous incentives that it offers to businesses, but he thinks that the backlash over the National Football League players' protest shouldn't be the driving factor behind it.


He said that he feels that the latest threats to the Saints incentives are an attack on the players' First Amendment rights. "Do I think that there's inequality in this country?"

Not all of Havard's colleagues agree with his judgement, however, with fellow Louisiana Rep. Edward Ted James posting an Instagram photo after Havard's comments condemning the statements.

"Y'all anxious about Trump, I'm anxious about my colleagues who believe as he believes", James posted on Instagram. Not surprised we will have the discussion.

"We're not going to play politics".

Havard told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy". I won't. I don't think that that's OK because of all who have fought so hard and died and sacrificed so much for us to have the things we have, to have the freedoms that we have. "I have to wonder, if they will not pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, who is their allegiance to?"

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