Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Tuesday called for a total end of federal government support for the NFL as players continued to disrespectfully kneel in protests during the national anthem.
“I believe we ought to terminate all federal government support of the NFL,” Brooks told Breitbart News.
“That would include the termination of any and all advertising that is done on behalf of the federal government—military and nonmilitary—to the extent we do any,” Brooks said.
Brooks is the U.S. representative for Alabama’s 5th district and a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
“The same thing with any other professional sport that insults our country and our flag and our anthem as the NFL has done,” he told Breitbart News.
NFL teams reportedly receive billions of dollars in subsidies from American taxpayers, CNN Money reported in 2015.
What’s more, NJ.com revealed in a 2015 report that more than a dozen NFL teams received money from the Defense Department in exchange for advertising and other forms of promotion for the military.
The Jets got paid a total of $337,000 between 2011 and 2014.
The money increases to $5.4 million when calculating the overall amount the Defense Department paid to 14 NFL teams during that time. Out of that amount, $5.3 million was paid by the National Guard to 11 teams under similar contracts, according to NJ.com.
Brooks reaffirmed his comments on Twitter and drafted a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to honor the American flag and anthem “by stopping all Department of Defense and federal government support” for all professional sports teams that “display disrespect” for our flag and national anthem.
There's no reason taxpayers dollars should go to support sports leagues that disrespect our national anthem & flag.??https://t.co/mw2vy5js6b
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) September 27, 2017
He circulated the letter to House colleagues for support and said in a press release, “The NFL’s conduct is not only unpatriotic and deplorable, it also conflicts with federal law.”
“The foregoing considered, we respectfully ask that you withhold all federal taxpayer dollars that directly or indirectly support (via advertisements, marketing contracts, or any other direct, or indirect financial patronage) any professional sports team or league that refuses to display proper decorum for America’s flag or national anthem” the statement said.
The full text of the letter can be seen here.
Trump also weighed in on Twitter, criticizing the players for not respecting the flag.
“Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.
#StandForOurAnthem” Trump said in a Sept. 25 tweet.
Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem??
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Trump called on NFL fans to stop showing up to games in order to put more pressure on the league.