A season ticket holder is suing the New Orleans Saints for a refund because he doesn’t like seeing players protest police brutality and racism during the national anthem this season.
Lee Dragna filed a lawsuit in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna Monday seeking a refund for the tickets as well as attorney’s fees, claiming the protest of police brutality by some players has prevented he and his family from enjoying the games Chad Calder.
Dragna has not attended a game since the Saints first home game against the New England Patriots, a game were some players refused to come out for the national anthem. When they came out they walked past a petitioner and his guests, Dragna felt insulted.
“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. 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,” he said, taking the position of fans who oppose the protest. It’s my thought pattern that they should not be allowed (to protest),” he said. “If you sell tickets to a gaming event for entertainment, you should not be allowed to turn it political.”
On Tuesday, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said Dragna’s lawsuit has been forwarded to the organization’s legal department and that there would be no comment.
Dragna also stated that he doesn’t want players protesting police brutality and racism to be heroes to his kids.
“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. That can’t be allowed to happen.”
While many will see this suit as frivolous, Dragna says it’s far from it, calling it “as honest as it gets.”