Politician Threatened Thunder with Tax Penalty Earlier than Restart
A politician within the state of Oklahoma floated the thought of taking away a tax incentive that the Thunder franchise has acquired for for over 10 years within the occasion that their gamers took a knee through the taking part in of the nationwide anthem.
On Saturday, the Thunder did simply that, a lot to the chagrin of consultant Sean Roberts, the most recent public official to take a swing on the NBA.
In accordance with Jonathan Cooper of CBS’ Tulsa affiliate, Roberts launched an announcement previous to the workforce’s first restart recreation, suggesting that the state might re-examine a tax incentive that the workforce is scheduled to obtain by way of 2024.
Via the decades-old High quality Jobs Act, the Thunder have acquired and would proceed to obtain tax reduction in keeping with what different job creators throughout different industries have, the purpose being to make the state of Oklahoma interesting to corporations contemplating relocation (RIP: SuperSonics).
Roberts’ declare that the Black Lives Matter motion is anti-patriotic and tied to Marxism in an effort to, *checks notes*, destroy the nuclear household seems to have fallen flat. All Thunder participant knelt through the anthem, as have the overwhelming majority of gamers throughout the 22 groups within the bubble.
It’s unclear if Roberts will try and comply with up on his risk or if Adrian Wojnarowski was on the mailing listing.