It seems like it’s been two years of this absolute nonsense of NFL players protesting with their flag kneeling 3-minute antic during the national anthem. They’ve lost a lot of viewers and fans, most of which will never return. They’ve lost a lot of money from advertisers too! Unlike most NFL players, most Americans are patriots and respect our flag and our military.
In fact, here’s one guy who is actually suing the NFL for their players kneeling during the national anthem. Yep, this fan is striking back at the NFL, specifically the New Orleans Saints. He’s filed a suit against them in hopes of recouping some bucks.
Louisiana resident Lee Dragna filed a suit in a district court Monday “seeking a refund for the tickets as well as attorney’s fees, claiming the protest by some players against police brutality and racial injustice has prevented him and his family from enjoying the games,” reported the The New Orleans Advocate.
Despite spending $8,000 on season tickets, Dragna hasn’t attended a game since the Saints’ first home game of the season on Sept. 17, when some players on the team avoided honoring the national anthem by remaining in the locker room as it played, according to the Advocate.
“Apparently, these players were following the lead of (former San Francisco 49ers quarterback) Colin Kaepernick by disrespecting the flag, the anthem, the USA and those who have served and are serving the USA in our military,” Dragna’s suit states, according to the Advocate.
When the absent players finally walked out onto the field, Dragna’s family watched in horror as furious fans “booed and cursed at the Saints players.”
He noted in a statement to the Advocate that this behavior was “borderline dangerous,” though he laid the blame for it squarely on the shoulders of the Saints.
“The Saints created that behavior by condoning it,” he said. “It’s my thought pattern that (players) should not be allowed (to protest). If you sell tickets to a gaming event for entertainment, you should not be allowed to turn it political.”
Besides creating a hostile environment, the team’s protests have also cultivated the impression that it’s OK to act like a disrespectful punk, Dragna argued.
“I don’t want my kids growing up thinking that those are their heroes … and it’s OK to do that stuff, especially on TV and especially on your job site,” he said. “That can’t be allowed to happen.”
While $8,000 is admittedly a very small price to pay for a team worth countless millions, when Dragna simply asked the Saints for the refund, they rebuffed him.
“They don’t even want to talk about this,” he said. “But I don’t care. One way or another, they’ll pay.”
The Saints have declined to comment about Dragna’s suit, according to the Advocate, though an insider source told ESPN that the team is “taking this very seriously,” and said “this fan best have his facts in order.”
“The Saints will come back at this fan who has brought forth incorrect information in his statement with everything to defend the team, organization and players,” the source added.
According to ESPN, there has been no report of Saints players remaining in the locker room as a protest during the anthem. New Orleans running back Mark Ingram pointed out on Twitter that the Saints have protested only during the anthem, and that was before an away game.
Saints running back Mark Ingram likewise posted a snarky tweet Tuesday denying Dragna’s claims but wishing him “good luck.”
The one time we protested an anthem was an away game. After a team meeting we decided to kneel as one BEFORE the anthem was played and STAND united as one DURING the anthem! Good luck dude https://twitter.com/usatodaysports/status/940733224640237568 …
For the record, while NFL teams could, as private employers, demand that players stand for the anthem, they have not taken that step and instead, at the behest of commissioner Roger Goodell, have held meetings with players and discussed what steps can be taken to help issues of racial and social inequality and injustice.
Earlier this season, after President Donald Trump referred to protesting players, and presumably Kaepernick, as a “son of a bitch,” he re-ignited the issue. Where in the first game of the season relatively few players were taking a knee or raising a fist, Trump’s words were a slap in the face, and on some teams, coaches and even owners kneeled after the president’s insult.
It’s time the NFL got back to the games and left politics on sidelines, where it belongs. However, by the time the NFL figures this out, they will have destroyed the NFL, it’s fans and all that surrounds the game.
Thanks Roger! Nice job! Glad to see you got that new contract!