Proposal would offer offended National Football League fans a refund for player protests

Take A Knee Get A Refund

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The Indianapolis Colts would be required to offer refunds to fans at home games if Colts players kneel in protest during the national anthem - that is, if legislation an Indiana lawmaker is filing goes through.

As reported by the Indianapolis Star, Republican Milo Smith of Columbus said fans could request a refund of their ticket cost during the first quarter of the game.

According to Smith, players who do not stand for the anthem are "not respecting the national anthem or our country".

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"I'm pretty patriotic, and it didn't sit right with me", Smith said. "He also explained it wouldn't require the team to refund sports fans if members of the opposing team were to kneel during The Star-Spangled Banner".

Smith said he was offended when he attended a September game in which some Colts players joined Cleveland Browns players in kneeling during the anthem.

Pence wrote that he won't "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem".

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The New Orleans Saints kneel before the playing of the national anthem before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on October 22, 2017. Even President Donald Trump waded into the conversation, saying players who kneel should be fired.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence stand during the national anthem prior to the start of an NFL football game between the Indiana Colts and the San Francisco 49ers at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 8, 2017. The following Sunday, scores of National Football League players protested before games.

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