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New Orleans Saints Fan Sues Team Over National Anthem Protests

A number of fans of the National Football League have been incredibly put off by the National Anthem protests that some players have engaged in. Those that are particularly up in arms about it have even taken the step of tuning out entirely. That seems like a reasonable way to deal with something that’s making you so upset: remove the problem from the equation, and your feelings of distress just may subside. There’s also another way that you can handle it: you can file a frivolous lawsuit to further clog up an already overwhelmed court system.

As Fox News shares, that’s the course of action that Lee Dragna has decided to take. Dragna is a season ticket holder for the New Orleans Saints, and he’s feeling a whole lot more than verklempt about the anthem protests. As he sees it, he’s entitled to some compensation to soothe his angst.

“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," Dragna said. "That can’t be allowed to happen.”

Ah. But money will make all of that better? We can only assume that Dragna believes that it will, but it sounds like he has bigger problems on his plate. For some reason, he seems to be under the belief that he’s being prevented from teaching his own children about right and wrong. If he’s that much in opposition to the protests, then why on earth can’t he use that as a teachable moment for his children?

“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,” according to the suit.

Alright. For anyone that has ever attended a live sporting event can attest, colorful language and unsightly behavior from fellow spectators is not an unusual occurrence. Those that really cross the line will be dealt with by stadium security, and everyone else can move on with their lives. Dragna, a fully grown man, seems to be suggesting that he’s somehow scarred by this.

“The Saints created that behavior by condoning it,” he said. “They don’t even want to talk about this, but I don’t care. One way or another they’ll pay.”

In short, he asked the team for a refund for a bogus reason and they blew him off. Gabe Feldman, director of Tulane University’s Sports Law Program, notes that he really doesn’t have much of a prayer of winning the suit.

“Fans do not have legal standing or a cause of action simply because they are unhappy with how a team performs or acts on the field,” he said. “If fans were allowed to sue for breach of contract every time they were disappointed with the performance or conduct of a player, there would be an unending string of lawsuits across the country.”

That about sums it up in a nutshell, but Dragna thinks there’s more at play here.

“It’s my thought pattern that [players] should not be allowed [to protest],” he added. “If you sell tickets to a gaming event for entertainment, you should not be allowed to turn it political.”

Fair enough, as there are plenty of other fans and former fans that feel the same way. However, not all of them are going to waste their time with ridiculous lawsuits when they can simply stay home and find something else to watch instead.

Source: Fox News
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube

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