UPDATED 9:27 AM PT — Tues. June 5, 2018
President Trump said he wants to “punish” the NFL in the GOP’s new tax plan.
In an article published by the Washington Post Tuesday, the president allegedly told White House officials to research ways the league could be punished, but the ideas were never implemented.
The president has been calling for change to tax laws for the NFL since 2017.
Although the NFL voluntarily dropped its tax exempt status in 2015, Republicans have since called for an end to tax breaks the NFL gets at the state level. This would include subsidies for stadiums.
In 2015, the Taxpayer Protection Alliance estimated that over the previous two decades seven billion dollars in taxpayer money was spent on subsidies for NFL stadiums.
The report comes after President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from a White House event after many players said they would not show up.
The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
In a follow-up jab, he mentioned many championship teams have been allowed to visit the White House, including the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.