(BREAKING WIDE) — Oklahoma Lawmaker says Kneeling during National Anthem will destroy families.
Earlier, Sean Roberts (R) issued a warning to the Thunder on Friday threatening to pull tax breaks for the team if players kneel during the national anthem while citing conspiracy theories about “Marxism.”
Roberts in a statement: “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.”
But Oklahoma City Thunder players did not heed the lawmaker’s threat as all the players knelt alongside with Utah Jazz players during the national anthem Saturday.
Thunder guard Chris Paul is the president of the National Basketball Players Association. He helped negotiate a deal with the NBA to allow players to wear social justice messaging on their uniforms during bubble play. Right after NBA rule on its books requiring players to stand for the anthem, Commissioner Adam Silver vowed on Thursday not to enforce it “under these unique circumstances.”
Sean Roberts believes the demonstration intends to destroy nuclear families.
“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,” Roberts wrote.
“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.”
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Oklahoma Lawmaker says Kneeling during National Anthem will destroy families