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How Indianapolis Colts Fans Offended By Anthem Kneeling Could Receive Refunds

29 December 2017

Representative Milo Smith of Columbus said he plans to do so after he attended the Indianapolis Colts' game on September 24 against the Cleveland Browns.

Several players from both teams knelt before the game in protest of police brutality, and what were called "divisive" remarks by President Trump.

"Our government isn't flawless, but it's still the best country in the world and I think we need to be respectful of it", he added. He told the Indy Star that he was offended but chose to stay.

"I'm pretty patriotic, and it didn't sit right with me", said Smith.

Smith shared that he came up with the idea after he attended a home game earlier this year with this daughter when the Colts played the Cleveland Brows and a handful of players kneeled.

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You may remember when Vice President Mike Pence went to a Colts game in October and left after the Anthem because players on the 49ers were kneeling. But Rep. Smith said if his bill advances out of committee, he'll try to have it apply to high school and collegiate sporting events that require paid admission.

Jane Henegar, Executive Director of ACLU Indiana, told the Indy Star that the proposal could be a constitutional violation.

"In effect by passing the law, government would be weighing in...and fining political speech by the Indianapolis Colts", Henegar said.

Smith argued the bill would not limit the players' freedom of expression because it would not prevent them from kneeling in protest.

This is obviously a story with many layers, though one addressed in the story is that the idea for the bill would not provide the same protection should the opponent of the Colts choose to kneel.

How Indianapolis Colts Fans Offended By Anthem Kneeling Could Receive Refunds