Payback: NFL Team Hit by Fan Lawsuit Over Kneeling

New Orleans Saints fan Lee Dragna has filed a lawsuit against the team, saying national anthem protests prevented his family from enjoying the games, so they haven’t attended one since September 17th.

Dragna’s lawsuit demands an $8,000 reimbursement for the money he spent on season tickets. Besides the disrespect for the flag the team showed, Dragna says the Saints created a hostile environment by allowing players to protest, turning the sporting event into a political affair.

The Saints’ first home game of the season was on September 17th. Some players stayed in the locker room while the national anthem played, and when the finally did walk out onto the field, the lawsuit claims, the situation was “borderline dangerous.”

The audience booed and cursed around Dragna’s family, and he says it’s the team’s fault.

The Conservative Tribune reports:

“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” […]

“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.”

The Saints ignored Dragna’s request for a refund, and plan to fight his lawsuit.

Obviously, $8,000 is of little concern to the Saints. But if they give him a refund on the grounds that the protests ruined the games for him, they’d open the doors to a flood of disappointed fans demanding the same.

The Conservative Tribune continues:

“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.

The Saints aren’t mincing words with their “incorrect information” response. They’re settled on a “he’s lying” argument. We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out for them.

Giving Dragna a refund would be an admission of guilt on the part of the team, and their refusal to refund his money shows just how scared they are of the fans they let down.

The Saints seemingly know how much disappointment they brought to their fans. If the team thought it still enjoyed the support they did before the protests, they’d have no problem refunding one man with a valid argument.

They know very well, though, that what they allowed their players to do has turned many people against them. Enough that they wouldn’t dare consider refunding the countless fans they’ve let down.

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