State rep warns OKC Thunder players against kneeling during National Anthem, threatens Thunder tax benefits

From KFOR.COM

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma state representative issued a statement warning Oklahoma City Thunder players against kneeling during the National Anthem, and threatened to reexamine the Thunder’s tax benefits if players kneel.

Rep. Sean Roberts (R-Hominy) released the statement on Friday. In the statement, he describes NBA players kneeling during the National Anthem as an “anti-patriotic act” that shows “disrespect to the American flag and all it stands for.”

Roberts went on to say that Black Lives Matter has “ties to Marxism” and is trying to “destroy nuclear families.”

He then issued a warning against the Thunder and threatened to reexamine tax benefits that the Thunder receive from the state.

“If the Oklahoma City Thunder leadership and players follow the current trend of the NBA by kneeling during the national anthem prior to Saturday’s game, perhaps we need to reexamine the significant tax benefits the State of Oklahoma granted the Oklahoma City Thunder organization when they came to Oklahoma. Through the Quality Jobs Act, the Thunder is still under contract to receive these tax breaks from our state until 2024,” Roberts said in the statement.

The 2019-20 NBA season was interrupted in March by the COVID-19 pandemic. The season officially restarted on Thursday, July 30, and NBA teams are kneeling in unison during the National Anthem.

The Thunder’s first official game since the restart will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, against the Utah Jazz.

KFOR reached out to Thunder personnel for a statement in response to Roberts’ warning and threat, but have not yet received a response.

Roberts’ full statement is as follows:

“By kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, the NBA and its players are showing disrespect to the American flag and all it stands for. This anti-patriotic act makes clear the NBA’s support of the Black Lives Matter group and its goal of defunding our nation’s police, its ties to Marxism and its efforts to destroy nuclear families. If the Oklahoma City Thunder leadership and players follow the current trend of the NBA by kneeling during the national anthem prior to Saturday’s game, perhaps we need to reexamine the significant tax benefits the State of Oklahoma granted the Oklahoma City Thunder organization when they came to Oklahoma. Through the Quality Jobs Act, the Thunder is still under contract to receive these tax breaks from our state until 2024.Perhaps these funds would be better served in support of our police departm... (Read more)

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