Man files lawsuit against Saints over national anthem protests

Updated: Dec. 12, 2017 at 3:59 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man from St. Mary Parish is suing the New Orleans Saints for a refund of his season tickets because of the national anthem kneeling controversy.

Lee Dragna, of Morgan City, is also suing for attorney's fees. A court document said Saints players either did not participate or kneeled before games while the national anthem played.

Dragna said in the lawsuit that he and guests attended the New England Patriots game in the Superdome. "Some of the Saints players refused to take the field until after the National Anthem. As they entered the field after the National Anthem they passed directly in front of where (Draga) and his guests were seated. Many of the fans in that area booed and cursed at the Saints players."

He also mentions similar actions in games against the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.

Players were following the lead of former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kapernick, who started the controversy by sitting down during the anthem to protest social injustices in the United States.

Dragna said he has not gone to a Saints game since the Patriots game because of the protest. Because he has not been able to enjoy the entertainment the games provide, he believes he is entitled to a refund.

The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 7.

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