Trump says US should change tax law to pun­ish NFL

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - NFL if mem­bers are “dis­re­spect­ing” the national an­them or flag. The NFL gave up its fed­eral tax-ex­empt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is sug­gest­ing the U.S. change its tax laws to pun­ish or­ga­ni­za­tions like the sta­tus a few years ago and now files tax re­turns as a tax­able en­tity. So it’s un­likely that Trump’s pro­posal, tweeted in the early hours Tues­day, would change any­thing.

Trump tweeted : “Why is the NFL get­ting mas­sive tax breaks while at the same time dis­re­spect­ing our An­them, Flag and Coun­try? Change tax law!”

Trump also tweeted Tues­day that ESPN rat­ings have “tanked” be­cause of Jemele Hill, the an­chor sus­pended for mak­ing po­lit­i­cal state­ments on so­cial me­dia.

While NFL view­er­ship is down slightly, ESPN re­mains among the most pop­u­lar ca­ble net­works, av­er­ag­ing 3 mil­lion view­ers in prime time. The net­work has suf­fered sub­scriber losses over the last few years as some view­ers have moved to stream­ing ser­vices from ca­ble tele­vi­sion. Hill, an African-Amer­i­can co-host of the 6 p.m. broad­cast of “Sport­sCen­ter,” re­ceived back­lash last month after call­ing Trump a “white su­prem­a­cist” in a se­ries of tweets that ref­er­enced the pres­i­dent’s com­ments about a deadly white su­prem­a­cist rally in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia.

That com­ment prompted Trump to de­mand an apol­ogy from ESPN and White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders to call for Hill’s fir­ing.

While ESPN took no for­mal ac­tion against Hill over the Trump com­ment, she did apol­o­gize to the net­work for the trou­ble her re­marks had caused while stand­ing by the tweets. ESPN cited that apol­ogy in an­nounc­ing Hill’s sus­pen­sion Mon­day , say­ing in a state­ment that ESPN em­ploy­ees had been “re­minded of how in­di­vid­ual tweets may re­flect neg­a­tively on ESPN and that such ac­tions would have con­se­quences.”

Hill tar­geted Jerry Jones on Twit­ter on Sun­day after the Dal­las Cow­boys owner stated that play­ers who dis­re­spect the flag would not play for his team. She sug­gested fans who dis­agree with Jones should boy­cott the team’s ad­ver­tis­ers and not buy the team’s mer­chan­dise.

She clar­i­fied Mon­day that she wasn’t call­ing for an NFL boy­cott.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF PBS

NFL play­ers are still tak­ing a knee to protest Trump's re­cent com­ments call­ing those who kneeled a "son of a b**ch."

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