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A state representative in Oklahoma has issued a warning against members of the Thunder kneeling for the National Anthem.

As we’ve seen this year, multiple teams have had players kneeling during the National Anthem. Their protest of police brutality has been a trend that we’ve seen grow over the last few years, since former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began his protests. However one state representative has taken issue with the practice, and has handed down a warning to members of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rep. Sean Roberts (R-Hominy) issued a statement on Friday, claiming that the act of kneeling during the National Anthem is an “anti-patriotic act that shows disrespect to the American flag and all it stands for.” He went on say he would reexamine the tax benefits that the Thunder receive from the State of Oklahoma.

An Oklahoma state representative issued a statement warning Oklahoma City Thunder players against kneeling during the National Anthem, and threatened to reexamine the Thunder’s tax benefits if players kneel, per https://t.co/aia2tX2HG2 pic.twitter.com/cKRmbIIowe

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The team has been receiving significant tax benefits from Oklahoma since they relocated from Seattle, prior to the 2008 season. They were granted under the Quality Jobs Act, and are set to receive those tax breaks through 2024.

In the same statement, Roberts suggested that the funds would be better served in support of local police departments rather than giving tax breaks to a team that “supports defunding police and the dissolution of the American nuclear family.”

It’s a controversial issue across the board, as athletes across all sports have knelt before games. It’s getting more recognition, especially since the highly publicized death of George Floyd earlier this year. It’s sparked protests across the country, as the issue continues garner attention on a global scale.

For what it’s worth, the entire Thunder team knelt before Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz. It’s the first time the two teams have played each other since the night of March 11, when Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 prior to tipoff. Teams have been kneeling since the season restarted this past Thursday, so it will be interesting to see if there will be a response to the Thunder taking a knee.

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New Hampshire Investigates Taxation Of Remote Workers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is investigating whether other states are improperly taxing its residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

The review by the state’s Department of Justice, announced Wednesday, was sparked by a recent emergency regulation enacted in neighboring Massachusetts. According to the July 21 rule, residents in other states who were working in Massachusetts before the pandemic are subject to Massachusetts’ income tax while they work from home.

The regulation, which is in effect until Dec. 31 or 90 days after the state of emergency in Massachusetts is lifted, raised strong objects in New Hampshire, one of nine states without an income tax.

“We need to maintain that New Hampshire advantage at all costs,” Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement. “We will take immediate steps to stop any attempts to impose income taxes on Granite Staters in a manner that violates the law or the New Hampshire or United States Constitution.”

Meanwhile, Democratic state Sens. Dan Feltes and Lou D’Allessandro wrote to Massachusetts Department of Revenue Commissioner Geoffrey Snyder asking him to reconsider.

“That’s unfair, that’s anti-worker, that’s anti-public health, and it rests on, at best, shaky legal grounds,” they wrote. “In the interest of public health, protecting workers, and protecting our regional relationship, we respectfully encourage you to withdraw the tax rule change penalizing New Hampshire residents who now work remotely due to COVID-19.”

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