Chances are that the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t quite think it through recently when he thought it would be a good idea to support disrespecting players who kneeled during the national anthem, as now, President Donald Trump took it to Twitter early this Tuesday to question why the league is enjoying a tax-exempt status, calling for a change in the tax breaks law.
Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
But as if the huge tax breaks weren’t enough of a benefit for the NFL, they also received subsidies which have exceeded $7 billion in the past 20 years, to help renovate and build new NFL stadiums. This however, was enough to prompt Stuart Varney, the Fox Business Network host to demand the NFL to be cut off.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 26, 2017
And Matt Gaetz, a Republican Congressman who is sponsor of the bill that would remove the league’s tax-exempt status was fast to reply to the president’s tweet. The lawmaker recently announced that he’s now the lead sponsor of the Pro Sports Act, which was introduced by resigned Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz.
Thank you for supporting my legislation to end special interest NFL tax breaks Mr. President! https://t.co/kfZHdw3XUS
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) October 10, 2017
In a press release, Gaetz stated, “We must close this loophole in the tax code, and end taxpayer subsidies for professional athletics,” adding how “If players want to protest, they have that right — but they should do it on their own time, and on their own dime.”
Things aren’t looking so great for the protesting league players, and if there isn’t a change soon, things could turn for the worst.