GOP Lawmaker Files Legislation to Refund Fans Offended by NFL Players Kneeling

Fred Hamble
Dec 28, 2017

An Indiana lawmaker is filing legislation to require the Indianapolis Colts to offer offended fans a refund if Colts players take a knee during the national anthem at home games.

Republican Rep. Milo Smith, of Columbus, Indiana, said his bill would allow fans who feel disrespected by players silently kneeling, to request and receive a refund from the team, which plays it's home games at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. The bill would also apply to all other sporting events being held anywhere in the state of Indiana.

Smith was more than happy to explain why he feels the state should enact more regulation during a time when President Trump has based his entire presidency on gleefully killing regulations.

"To me when they take a knee during the national anthem, it’s not respecting the national anthem or our country. Our government isn’t perfect, but it's still the best country in the world and I think we need to be respectful of it."

The proposed legislation would allow Colts fans to receive face-value ticket refunds at games or events where any of the participants knelt during the national anthem. The legislation will be debated by the Indiana legislature during its next session which begins on January 3rd.

Smith's crusade against the inequities created by voluntarily standing during the anthem, while other people and players do not, began when he attended a game with his daughter and was so offended that he stayed for the entire game and never asked for a refund.

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

Smith insists that his proposed bill is legal because it doesn't criminalize protest, and that Americans should have the right to a refund if they pay for something and then get offended.

In 2014, Smith received national attention for promoting a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which is something else he finds offensive, even though his own son is gay.