New Orleans Saints fans can despise national anthem protests or running back Alvin Kamara’s bold postgame attire, but that’s not going to get them a refund on their season tickets. Just ask one local businessman how his lawsuit went.
According to The Advocate, a three-person panel of judges on the state 5th Circuit Court of Appeal has officially tossed out a lawsuit filed by season ticket holder Lee Dragna, who was seeking a refund because players were protesting during the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” before a Saints game last season.
The lawsuit originally filed in December 2017 created some national waves, and it even had a positive ruling with the first judge, but it proved to cost even more money for Dragna when the Saints appealed.
In the suit, Dragna, of Morgan City, specified the September 17 game against the New England Patriots, stating some Saints players did not come onto the field until after the national anthem was played, and many fans around him booed and cursed at the players as they passed by.
Dragna’s lawsuit claimed he would never have bought the season tickets had he known there would be anthem protests. He even amended the suit a month later to add claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress over the “unwanted speech” and failure to warn of potential protests, among other things.
However, according to The Advocate, the panel of Judges Robert Chaisson, Hans Liljeberg and John Molasin wrote Dragna would have to show the team’s conduct was “extreme and outrageous” to have a claim.
Additionally, the panel said the claims “are simply not actionable,” and there was essentially no way Dragna could amend the suit to make them think otherwise.
Ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest against social injustice and police brutality, this has become a hot-button topic among all NFL fans and even President Donald Trump.
A lot of people get angered on social media, others claim they will boycott attending games, and many won’t watch the NFL until the players stop, but only one has tried to get a refund for their season tickets because of it.
And from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem possible.