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Trump threatens to ‘change tax law’ to penalize NFL over protests
    2017-October-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

DONALD TRUMP has criticized National Football League (NFL) clubs for “disrespecting” their country with protests during the national anthem, suggesting they receive “massive tax breaks” and calling for a change to the law to have these removed.

In his latest attack on players peacefully protesting racial inequality, the U.S. president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!”

It comes a day after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a match in which players kneeled, later saying he “will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

Trump later took credit for 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.

More than 20 members of the 49ers squad kneeled before the game. Colts players wore black T-shirts reading “We Will” on the front and “Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity” on the back.

A number of NFL players have kneeled during the national anthem as a form of peaceful protest in the past few weeks. Former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick initiated the practice last year, after first sitting out the national anthem in protest at police brutality of black people.

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

The NFL was controversially tax-exempt until 2015, when it voluntarily gave up the status.

But tax code loopholes still allow the league’s billionaire owners to receive huge public subsidies towards the construction and renovation of stadiums.

Taxpayers have contributed US$7 billion to work on NFL stadiums in the past two decades, according to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity watchdog.(SD-Agencies)

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