Indiana lawmaker: Take a knee, provide NFL refund

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Members of the Indianapolis Colts take a knee during the Nation Anthem before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Members of the Indianapolis Colts take a knee during the Nation Anthem before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

(Meredith) -- A new push by an Indiana lawmaker would force the Indianapolis Colts to offer its fans a refund to home games if Colts players knelt during the national anthem. Representative Milo Smith said his bill would right the wrong for NFL fans who felt disrespected.

The bill is in response to demonstrations that impacted NFL teams across the country, with Indianapolis at the center stage in October, when Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a game after San Francisco 49ers players staged a protest.

Smith told the Indianapolis Star that he and his daughter were offended by protests back in September, during a home game against the Cleveland Browns.

Jane Henegar, executive director of ACLU Indiana, said his proposal could be a constitutional violation. Smith disagrees, saying that it doesn't stop someone from kneeling.

His bill would not force the Colts to refund if visiting players knelt during the anthem. 

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