New legislation coming out of Indiana is proposing to give fans the right to a refund should they be offended if the Colts players decide to kneel during the anthem.
The man behind the new legislation is Republican Rep. Milo Smith. After attending a Colts game in September, where the players took a knee, he said the demonstration “didn’t sit right” with him.
“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.”
Fox News reported, “Smith explained his proposed bill wouldn’t be breaking any laws as it wouldn’t stop players from kneeling, but would require the Colts to refund fans who wanted their money back. He also explained it wouldn’t require the team to refund sports fans if members of the opposing team were to kneel during The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Smith isn’t the only politician who is peeved by the Colts anthem protest. Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers game back in October, after seeing the players take a knee.
This was the VP’s reaction after the demonstration:
I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
The New Orleans Saints team is already being sued for a refund by one fan. According to Fox News, “The fan is seeking attorney’s fees and a refund for his tickets, which The New Orleans Advocate reported cost around $8,000.”