GOP Rep. Backs Trump, Calls for End to NFL Tax Breaks Amid Anthem Kneeling
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) wants to halt the outsized portion of taxpayer money paying for around 70 percent of the cost of National Football League stadiums.
The NFL received nearly $7 billion from taxpayers over the last 20 years.
"I don't think that the millionaires and billionaires associated with professional sports ought to get a special tax break that's not available to the regular small businesses and regular folks in my district and across America," the congressman told "Fox & Friends."
Congress is trying to eliminate special interest tax breaks, Gaetz explained.
President Trump tweeted support for the idea, saying the NFL is getting "massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag, and Country. Change tax 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
"I think that these protests that the NFL has engaged in, that the league office has seemingly embraced has really drawn into sharp relief the treatment that they get," Gaetz went on.
The congressman's district is heavily military families, who don't understand why the NFL is "embracing unpatriotic conduct," he said.
"If there are players with concerns about racial inequality or the criminal justice system, rather than taking a knee, how about they take a stand and actually advocate for some proposals that they think might improve quality of life for people?" he continued, adding that as a member of the Judiciary Committee he might even be able to help.
Gaetz proposal will likely be in the House tax reform bill.