Yet another lawmaker has voiced her disapproval of multiple Saints players refusing to stand for the national anthem. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges wants to examine the team’s agreement with Louisiana that contains state subsidies. She’s called for a discussion to take place during next month’s legislative budget meeting. Hodges supports the players’ right to protest.
“But I think they need to be aware of the venue that they choose. There is a time and a place for everything and during an NFL football game that’s televised is not the right place.”
Hodges says the American flag is not a political symbol for NFL players to use to protest. She says it’s un-American to see players kneel, some with their fists in the air.
“And the fact that we’re subsidizing the Saints football team at least $50 million a year with taxpayer money, with state money, we expect more from these players.”
Hodges says all of the naming rights of the Mercedes Benz Superdome and the funds from concessions go to the Saints, not to the state. She says the NFL’s rules state that the players are required to stand and respect the flag.
“I respect their right to protest, I respect their feelings but I don’t think my feelings are respected. I was offended and hurt by that display of nonpatriotism.”