Season Ticket Holder Sues NFL Team Over Anthem Protests

When you have an issue as contentious as the National Anthem protests that have taken place prior to the start of NFL games, you know it’s just a matter of time before it winds up in court. It looks like that may happen, just not in the way you would expect. A season ticket holder of the New Orleans Saints is suing the club over the protests, as he asserts that his tickets are essentially unusable due to the environment that the protests have inspired.

As Yahoo shares, Lee Dragna of Morgan City, Louisiana hasn’t received the refund that he’s been seeking from the team, and that’s led him to file a suit to make it happen. Whether he’ll be successful or not is open to speculation, but he has clearly outlined his position on things in his claim.

“The Saints created that behavior by condoning it. It’s my thought pattern that (players) should not be allowed (to protest),” Dragna said. “If you sell tickets to a gaming event for entertainment, you should not be allowed to turn it political. 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.”

There’s a lot to unpack there, but we’ll start with his last assertion. How his children grow up is his responsibility. Period. Absolutely nothing is preventing Dragna from explaining to his children why he feels that the players are in the wrong. Moving along, he doesn’t want the games to be political. He’s certainly not alone in that regard, but there’s a clear way to get that message across, and many fans have taken that tact: stop watching and paying attention.

Dragna seems to be suggesting that his hands are tied here, but there’s an active resale market for NFL tickets. Perhaps he can spend some time researching that as opposed to further clogging up a court system that has more than enough frivolous cases on the docket. Saints running back Mark Ingram took to social media to offer up his thoughts on the suit.

"After a team meeting we decided to decided to kneel as one BEFORE the anthem was played and STAND united as one DURING the anthem!" he wrote. "Good luck dude."

Gabe Feldman, director of Tulane University’s Sports Law Program, notes that Dragna is reaching with his suit, and those efforts are likely to go unrewarded.

“This lawsuit has very little chance of success. 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. 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,” he wrote. “An NFL ticket allows you to enter a stadium to watch a football game, but it does not guarantee that the players will act in ways that do not upset you — either athletically or politically.”

That makes a ton of sense, but Dragna sounds undeterred.

“They don’t even want to talk about this, but I don’t care. One way or another they’ll pay,” he notes.

Source: Yahoo
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