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Oklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem even after threat from GOP congressman

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'...disrespect to the American flag'

Players kneel before an NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder on Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images)

Oklahoma City Thunder players took a knee during the national anthem before Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz after a Republican state representative suggested the team should lose state tax benefits for the protest, Yahoo News reported.

Oklahoma state Rep. Sean Roberts (R) said in a Friday statement that the state should "reexamine" the team's tax benefits if the players showed support for Black Lives Matter by kneeling during the anthem in protest of racism and police brutality.

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