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Trump calls for tax law changes for National Football League over protests

Trump calls for tax law changes for National Football League over protests”

On Sunday, following a loss to the Green Bay Packers, Jones said that any Cowboys player who disrespected the flag would not play.

Mr Trump later took credit for Mr Pence's protest, seen by some as a publicity stunt, tweeting that he had asked his second-in-command to leave the game between Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers if players protested.

Members of the 49ers continued to kneel on Sunday.

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Why is the National Football League getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country?

Smith's comments came amid continuing clashes between President Donald Trump's administration and NFL players over national anthem protests.

Mr Trump brought renewed attention to the issue last month with a series of tweets criticising the players.

Dozens of players have been kneeling down during the pre-match national anthem, instead of standing, in anger at comments made by the president.

In another tweet, posted late on Monday evening, Trump had praised Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for stating that he would not tolerate kneeling while the Star-Spangled Banner plays before National Football League games.

Hill was suspended by ESPN Monday for two weeks after a "second violation of our social media guidelines". The tax break applies only to the central office, not the teams, which already pay taxes as for-profit organizations, and the NFL voluntarily gave up the tax exemption for its league office in 2015. While the league has attracted criticism for using public money for new stadiums -a March 2017 ESPN article put the bill for the taxpayer on new stadiums and renovations to old ones since 1997 at $6.7 billion, including the Oakland Raiders' upcoming move to Las Vegas that will come in at nearly $1 billion-it has moved in recent years to close up one tax loophole.

Assuming Trump is in fact referring to the NFL's previously held tax exempt status in his tweet, he seems to be a bit late to the game.

"Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that Americans are required to subsidise disrespect for America, or to have their tax dollars wasted on corporate welfare to sports teams", said Florida Representative Matt Gaetz. Players say many of them would like to protest but don't have the job security to do so.



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