New Orleans Saints fan suing team over national anthem protests

The fan said that actions of some players prevented he and his family from enjoying New Orleans Saints games at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

A New Orleans Saints season-ticket holder is suing the team because some of the players took a knee during the national anthem.

Lee Dragna said that actions of some players, who are taking a knee to raise awareness for police brutality and racial inequality, prevented he and his family from enjoying Saints games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Dragna filed his lawsuit at the 24th Judicial Court in Jefferson Parish and he's seeking a refund for his season tickets and attorney's fees.

Dragna admitted in the lawsuit that the players' protest was to raise awareness for police brutality. The lawsuit said that "Apparently, these players were following the lead of Colin Kaepernick by disrespecting the flag, the Anthem; the USA and those who have served and are serving the USA in our military."

New Orleans Saints fan suing team over national anthem protests

New Orleans Saints fan suing team over national anthem protests

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In the lawsuit, Dragna said that he and other fans “do not find these protests entertaining.” In fact, Dragna said in the lawsuit the only game he attended this season was the season opener on Oct. 17 against the New England Patriots.

At that game, the lawsuit said, some of the players "refused to take the field, until after the National Anthem. As they entered the field after the National Anthem, they passed directly in front of where the petitioner and his guests were seated. Many of the fans in that area booed and cursed at the Saints players."

The lawsuit said that "Many other fans and businesses have boycotted the Saints. One State Legislator has called for an end to State funding for the Saints."

In the end, Dragna wants a refund because, he said in the lawsuit “If petitioner had known that Saints football players would use Saints football games as a platform for protests he would not have purchased the Saints season tickets.”

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