Audio: Representative Nate Walker on the NFL and protesting

Some members of the Oakland Raiders kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Third District State Representative Nate Walker of Kirksville is calling for a review of all public funds used in the construction and maintenance of National Football League facilities.

A Republican, Walker thinks the league is disrespecting the U.S. flag, the country, and the state by allowing recent protests during the national anthem. Walker says the state tax dollar investment in NFL stadiums and facilities is substantial.



Walker thinks public funding is at risk of being misused when player demonstrations or protests are allowed at football games.



Walker says when Missouri first conceived the idea of publicly funding NFL stadiums, nobody thought the league would put political protest ahead of good business and civic responsibility. He thinks the NFL must be held accountable for its use of taxpayer dollars when it impacts local communities.



Walker takes issue with players taking a knee during the national anthem and wants to debate if state taxpayer dollars should continue to support the NFL.

Nate Walker’s district includes Mercer, Sullivan, Putnam, and part of Adair County.

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