Saints' season-ticket holder sues team over kneeling protests

Annette Crawford
December 13, 2017

A New Orleans Saints fan has gotten so upset with players protesting during the National Anthem that he is actually suing the team because of it.

In fact, Dragna said in the lawsuit the only game he attended this season was the season opener on October 17 against the New England Patriots.

Both owners and advertisers have tried to use some form of the "I pay your salary" technique in order to try to get National Football League players to stop the protests that Colin Kaepernick started past year and dominated the conversation for much of the 2017 season.

Dragna's suit cites instances at other games in which Saints players kneeled during the anthem, charging that they were "following the lead of Colin Kaepernick by disrespecting the flag, the Anthem; the U.S. and those who have served and are serving the United States of America in our military".

In his suit, Dragna says the "borderline dangerous" actions of fans are the fault of the team's owner, Tom Benson, for allowing the protests to continue. The lawsuit said that "Apparently, these players were following the lead of Colin Kaepernick by disrespecting the flag, the Anthem; the US and those who have served and are serving the United States of America in our military".

Dragna told The Advocate on Tuesday that the behavior of other fans who are also upset at players protesting, such as cursing and spilling beer, is "borderline risky".


Instead of blaming the fans for their behavior, Dargna told The Advocate, "the Saints created that behavior by condoning it". "It's my thought pattern that they should not be allowed [to protest]". That's what they have done before every game since Week 4, and no Saints player has ever kneeled during the anthem.

Kaepernick, the former quarterback for the San Franciso 49ers, has said he began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to bring attention to the country's social inequalities, including police brutality and excessive force against African-Americans. And since then, the team has chosen to kneel in unity before the anthem and then rise to stand for it.

Dragna also made it clear he disagrees with the protests as well.

Earlier in the season, Dragna demanded that Saints refund the $8,000 he spent on the tickets, but this initial request was denied. "One way or another they'll pay".

"They don't even want to talk about this, but I don't care".

Dragna, a businessman in Morgan City who made the news after the BP oil spill for promoting his "Big Gulp" method for skimming oil off the water in the Gulf of Mexico, an initiative promoted by actor Kevin Costner.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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