Mayor Lucas invites Thunder to move to KC after Oklahoma legislator’s threat

Ruben Hill
August 4, 2020

The Thunder open up their restart of the season on Saturday when they take on the Utah Jazz.

Oklahoma City has offered the Thunder several tax breaks over the years, and even imposed sales taxes for 15 months to raise money for renovations to the local arena prior to the team's arrival from Seattle in 2008.

Roberts' claim that the Black Lives Matter movement is anti-patriotic and tied to Marxism in an effort to, *checks notes*, destroy the nuclear family appears to have fallen flat.

"After the Thunder players and organization chose to not respect our flag, and violate the US Flag Code, in support of a Marxist, anti-American organization over the weekend, I intend to introduce legislation to cancel the Thunder's tax incentives as soon as possible..."

An Oklahoma state lawmaker threatened the Oklahoma City Thunder with tax penalties if the players knelt during the national anthem prior to their game Saturday.

Roberts said the tax break extends through 2024, saying the funds should instead go to police departments.

Roberts suggested that funding should be directed to police rather than used to give tax breaks to the National Basketball Association franchise that came to Oklahoma City from Seattle in 2008. Some jerseys say things such a "Black Lives Matter", "Freedom", and "Love Us". Roberts also said Black Lives Matter wants to "destroy nuclear families". "We had a lot of conversations about coming down here and the bigger reason of what we were playing for so to do it as a united front was nice".

Aside from the obvious reason why, Oklahoma lawmaker Rep. Sean Roberts issued a warning to the club prior to the contest threatening to take adverse action against the franchise if its players followed the example of their fellow stars.

Roberts is from Hominy, Oklahoma, which is in the northern part of the state, a fact noted by Oklahoma City mayor David Holt when he responded to Lucas' tweet. Players kneeled during the anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality. Meanwhile Friday's Rockets-Mavs game drew 1.7 million viewers, which is up 15 percent from ESPN's regular season average, according to the network.

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