Mark Ingram has three words for the fan who is suing for a refund because of the national anthem protests: “Good Luck Dude.”
The New Orleans Saints running back tweeted a response Tuesday to Lee Dragna, a season ticket holder who claims the protest against police brutality prevented him and his family from enjoying the game.
“The one time we protested an anthem was an away game,” Ingram tweeted after 6 p.m. Tuesday. “After a team meeting, we decided to kneel as one BEFORE the anthem was played and STAND united as one DURING the anthem! Good luck dude.”
The one time we protested an anthem was an away game. After a team meeting we decided to kneel as one BEFORE the anthem was played and STAND united as one DURING the anthem! Good luck dude ✌🏾 https://t.co/28huwGP0Pu— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) December 13, 2017
The lawsuit says Dragna has not been to a Saints game since the home opener against the New England Patriots, where he says some of the players did not come out for the singing of the national anthem.
When they did come out, the lawsuits say “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.”
The lawsuit claims that Saints players followed “the lead of Colin Kaepernick by disrespecting the flag, the Anthem; the USA and those who have served and are serving the USA in our military.”
The lawsuit notes that Saints owner Tom Benson and head coach Sean Payton have publicly supported the protests, but many fans “do not find these protests entertaining.”
“If petitioner had known that Saints football players would use Saints football games as a platform for protests he would not have purchased the Saints season tickets,” the suit reads.
Fourteen Saints players protested during the national anthem before the team’s first game against the Carolina Panthers earlier this year. Before the next game against the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Drew Brees announced that the team would kneel in solidarity before the national anthem, then stand together during the anthem.